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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - A bill progressing through the legislature would curtail some of the governor's power to issue regulations. The measure is controversial --particularly among environmental groups. 

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Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. Time is running out for scheduled meetings.

The renewal of mayoral control of New York City schools faces a hard deadline. It expires at the end of the month.

PA Governor Signs Pension Overhaul Into Law

Jun 13, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Governor Tom Wolf has signed a bill to restructure Pennsylvania's heavily indebted public pension system. It's designed to shift some financial risk away from taxpayers. 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified Tuesday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. 

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The New York state legislative session is drawing to a close, and Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017. Among them is a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

Senior New York Prosecutor Fired 'After Refusing Trump Call'

Jun 12, 2017
The BBC World Service

A former leading federal prosecutor in New York has revealed he was sacked by Donald Trump after receiving several unusual phone calls from him.

Preet Bharara told ABC News' This Week he felt the calls from Mr Trump had crossed the usual boundary separating the executive branch and independent criminal investigators. Mr Bharara said he had been fired after refusing to take a third call. The White House did not immediately respond to Mr Bharara's comments. 

State Legislation Aims To Curb Food Waste

Jun 12, 2017
Courtesy of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Bipartisan legislation under consideration in both the New York State Senate and Assembly would give grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and other food industry companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a  a tax credit. 

Was Cuomo's Commitment To Paris Climate Accord New?

Jun 12, 2017
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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - When President Donald Trump announced that the United States is leaving the Paris climate accord, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the opportunity to say New York will not. The Democratic governor pledged to uphold the international agreement, formed a multi-state partnership and promised to take aggressive action to tackle climate change, but much of that work was already underway. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - The state budget’s been in place for just less than two months, and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - In an uncharacteristically bipartisan effort, the legislature passed a bill Thursday to significantly change the structure of its badly indebted state employee and public school employee pension systems. It's slated to be signed into law Monday. 

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