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Credit inequality a growing problem across upstate New York

A recent report by the Federal Reserve shows certain zip codes in the city of Rochester lack access to credit. This sort of credit inequality also most likely exists in the city of Syracuse. William Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, says the credit snapshot of Rochester shows an inequality when it comes to the ability of certain residents in certain neighborhoods to get credit, and the distress it causes when they can’t pay it back. He expects the outcome for the city...

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News that at least six current or former senior members of the Trump administration have used private email accounts as they conduct official business has prompted the White House to clarify its policy.

"All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts."

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It's an understatement to say the holiday shopping season is crucial for retailers. The holiday shopping season is very, very, very (I could go on but you get the point) important for retailers.

"For some retailers, the holiday season can represent as much as 30 percent of annual sales," the National Retail Federation says. "Overall last year holiday sales represented nearly 20 percent of total retail industry sales."

This fall's statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey are the first big test of security measures taken in response to last year's attempts by Russia to meddle with the nation's voting system.

Virginia was among 21 states whose systems were targeted by Russian hackers last year for possible cyberattacks. While officials say the hackers scanned the state's public website and online voter registration system for vulnerabilities and there's no sign they gained access, state authorities have been shoring up the security of their election systems.

President Trump's brand faces a major test on Tuesday in the Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff.

His preferred candidate is Luther Strange, the incumbent senator who has consistently trailed in the polls to firebrand conservative Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice.

Trump was just in Alabama stumping for Strange on Friday, where he landed himself in controversy, calling for the firing of NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem.

Himanshu Patel ran a convenience store in Georgia until about a year ago, when his liver failure got so bad he had to quit.

"I just couldn't stand up on my feet at all," says Patel, 39, of Waycross, Ga. "I just had to stop working."

Now, he's waiting anxiously to learn if his doctors have found a liver for him so he can undergo a transplant.

"They told me, 'You will need a liver transplant — without a liver transplant you might not survive,' " Patel says.

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PA House Narrowly Passes Budget Funding Plan

Sep 14, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers. Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it's unclear how much it'll move the needle toward a resolution. 

The state Board of Regents is taking steps to make it easier for teachers to become certified in New York. But the state education commissioner denies that it’s a lessening of requirements.

Emma Lee, WHYY

(KEYSTONE CROSSROADS) - A new study finds that expanding the charter school sector in Pennsylvania creates a significant toll on traditional public school systems, which, based on an array of fixed costs, can't downsize at the same rate that students leave.  

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House is still working on a plan to fill a $2.2 billion dollar gap in a budget that is almost three months late. But negotiations took an unexpected turn Tuesday when the chamber adjourned suddenly without holding an expected vote on a plan from a conservative faction of members. 

PA Rally Tries To Prompt Action On Gerrymandering

Sep 13, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Advocates for overhauling the redistricting process packed the Capitol rotunda Tuesday hoping to persuade lawmakers to take their quest seriously. Pennsylvania's congressional districts are considered among the most unfair in the country. 

Betty Sutliff

Two years ago, Governor Tom Wolf reportedly told a group of pro-drilling landowners and elected officials he would try to help them end a moratorium on natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin, if they helped him pass a severance tax on drillers, according to several people who attended the meeting. 

(KEYSTONE CROSSROADS) - The Pennsylvania Economy League released a report on Tuesday showing predictions in its last study have borne out. That's not a good thing. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After weeks of deserted Capitol hallways and quiet meetings between House members, the chamber is officially back in session--well over a month after the Senate passed a bipartisan revenue plan to balance the budget. 

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What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, when it comes to Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. A state House committee voted along party lines Monday, to rebrand the impact fee levied on the state’s Marcellus Shale drillers, calling it a severance tax instead. 

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