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Progressive Think Tank Rates Good And Bad Of Cuomo's Budget

A left-leaning think tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it.
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors met last month in Washington, D.C. Mayors from cities with more than 30,000 residents gathered to trade ideas, network and propose opportunities for collaboration.

Jessica Kourkounis

In Pittsburgh, housing is a matter of paradoxes: affordable housing advocates point to a shortage of units accessible to low-income renters while all around the city houses worth very little stand vacant. Mayor Bill Peduto wants to address both the dilapidated structures and the dearth of affordable housing in one initiative, using federal Section 8 funds to fix up vacant homes and provide mortgages to families that would otherwise be renting in a rising market. 

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Ah, fresh snowfall. It's magical, isn't it? The whole world is covered in white powder, drivers have to slow down (or stop driving entirely) and life stands still for a brief moment. If you live in a city, that moment is especially brief. Before you know it, the snow is packed down with footprints and tire tracks, and it turns gray and even black from the traffic.


Before this week, President of Seneca White Deer Dennis Money could be heard referring to the abundance of the animals at the Seneca Army Depot. He spoke of as many as two hundred of the rare deer in the area, not albino, just expressing a regressive white gene.

Fund Fight: Transportation Vs. Troopers

Feb 5, 2016
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Two years after state lawmakers voted to hike driver fees and let the gas tax increase to pay for roads and bridges, they're facing a shortfall in available money for construction projects. Trade groups say the top culprit is the diversion of dedicated transportation funds into the Pennsylvania State Police budget.

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  Landowners in Susquehanna County prepared for a last-minute confrontation with tree-felling crews who were expected to begin clearing forest on Friday to make way for the planned Constitution Pipeline to take natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale into New York State.

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A left-leaning think tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it. 

PA Budget Saga: Seven Months In And Feeling Fine

Feb 4, 2016
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Pennsylvanians may be fed up with the state budget impasse, but the people sitting at the negotiating table aren’t betraying any such disgust. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is set to give his budget proposal next week for the upcoming fiscal year – even as the current year’s spending is the subject of tense talks with the GOP-led Legislature.

How Much Does Your Personal Trainer Make?

Feb 4, 2016

Regular gym goers know January is the worst. It's the time when all those people who usually don't show up crowd into classes and hog the equipment in an effort to meet those New Years resolutions.

Whether you're a gym rat or an occasional exerciser, you probably don't realize that though that personal trainer or group class leader has abs you'd pay big money for, they usually don't have an enviable salary. Laura Rice from Here & Now contributor Texas Standard takes a look at the economics.

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After the binge of joy and bustle during the holidays, January and February can sometimes feel humdrum. But, Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett papers Chris Kocher say, there's plenty of quirky and even surprising events happening this weekend to help us bounce back.


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