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Residents Berate Rep. Tom Reed Over House Tax Bill At Town Hall

Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives.

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Myanmar says it has struck a tentative deal with neighboring Bangladesh for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled across the border amid a brutal military crackdown.

The Yam That Deserves To Win The Internet

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It didn't exactly break the Internet, but there is no denying that it's an eye-catching photo: a smiling man holding a yam that is about 3 feet long.

"That's the biggest one I've seen from that particular species," says Paul Wilkin, the head of natural capital and plant health at the United Kingdom's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ever since Lucy Nabiki Takona was a young girl growing up in a village not far from the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, she knew she wanted to have a career in education.

So when her father told her at age 14 that she would have to drop out of school to marry the son of her father's friend, she ran away. It took her three days to walk through the bush to her aunt's house.

Some major changes may be coming to how the U.S. government collects data about the country's racial and ethnic makeup.

The Trump administration has been considering proposals to ask about race and ethnicity in a radical new way on the 2020 Census and other surveys that follow standards set by the White House.

"Do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?"

I am asked this question at least once every fall. Which, by the way, is too many times.

The answer is that my family (though I can't speak for the other 5 million Indigenous people in America) doesn't. Not the "brave-pilgrims-and-friendly-savages" version of the holiday, anyway. Twenty or 30 of us might gather under the same roof to share a meal. We'll thank the creator for our blessings.

But that could be true of any Thursday night in a Wampanoag house.

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Moody's credit rating agency downgraded Binghamton's long-term debt from a rating of A1 to A2. They also gave a less-than-perfect rating to new, short-term debt the city plans to issue.

A downgraded credit rating can make it make it more expensive for a municipality to borrow money.

According to Moody's, the decision was made because the city's financial performance over the past two years cannot be verified. Binghamton officials have not submitted a financial statement since 2010.

Two weeks after passing new gun control measures, New York officials are holding public forums to discuss what's in the law.

State Police Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gagan was in Broome County on Tuesday, explaining how the law works.

"When it comes to these assault weapons, if you owned one before the law took effect, you can keep it. You just have to register it."

Assault weapon registration starts in April and lasts a year. Gagan, along with James Sherman from the State Police, tried to keep the forum on the topic of what's in the law.

Governor Cuomo’s pension stabilization plan could face some obstacles in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to know what the State Comptroller thinks of the idea first.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he’s not ready to sign on yet to Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow local governments and schools to “smooth” out pension payments over time, that would allow them to pay less now and more for them later.

Governor Cuomo’s championing of strict new gun control laws in New York has taken a toll on his popularity. A new poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped significantly.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds the governor’s approval rating plunged from an all time high of 74% in in December to 59% now. Cuomo lost the most among Republicans, though he also dropped 10 points with Democrats, says pollster Mickey Carroll.

“His numbers overall are way, way down,” said Carroll.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.

Senator Skelos first voiced his opposition to the Governor’s reproductive health act at the State’s Conservative party meeting, where some conservatives have been angered by the GOP leader’s vote on strict gun control measures earlier in January.

John Archie has owned the Full Belly Deli in Vestal for four years now. He has three employees that work at his store, and, like many New York small-business owners, he’s wondering exactly what the Affordable Care Act means for him and his restaurant.

“My biggest concern is just trying to find out what it exactly means for me in dollars and cents,” he says.

In Governor Cuomo's budget for 2013-2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation is looking at a budget cut of five and a half percent. What might this might mean if fracking comes to New York?

During an interview last week with public radio's Susan Arbetter, Governor Cuomo said money for additional staff at the DEC, before fracking is approved, isn't necessary.

"If we do it, we're going to have the money to pay the staff to do it right."

Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money. That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

Governor Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for today. It comes as the State’s Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not coming to New York in quite the amount anticipated.

In the 2 PM presentation, the governor is expected to explain how’s he’s going to pay for programs announced earlier this month in his State of the State message, including an expanded school day and school year.

Arctic blast sends homeless into area shelters

Jan 22, 2013

The wind chill this evening is projected at about five below zero in Binghamton, and, on nights like these, homeless shelters like the one operated by the Volunteers of America of Western New York are over-capacity.

Barbara Rick is the program director at that shelter, which provides emergency housing for individuals 18 or older. She says hers and other area shelters operate under a no-freeze policy, meaning no one is turned away even if the shelter is technically full.

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