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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The commonwealth is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The project will see the Department of Corrections team up with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national organization it has previously worked with to reduce state prison costs. 

Lead paint was finally banned for home use in 1978. But because so many older homes still have lead paint in them, it’s still a major hazard. So what’s the best way to tackle the problem if you suspect it’s lurking in your house?

Payne Horning, WRVO

Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) hosted an opioid forum in Oswego Thursday night -- his first public event since Congress' failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He was one of more than 30 Republicans who helped sink their party's legislation last week.  

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While House Republicans didn't get their American Health Care Act to the floor last week, some are still waiting, and watching. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller recently met with insurance company executives, and she says they feel that the healthcare dot gov marketplace is stabilizing. But there's uncertainty. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s considering suing the federal government over an amendment to the health care act proposed by two New York congressmen, saying it may violate state sovereignty. 

Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York officials are split over the Republican's proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact the state. As the House of Representatives prepares for the scheduled vote on the legislation, state and federal leaders are fighting to sway the public to their side. 

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Advocates for people with disabilities in Broome County are urging people to contact their member of Congress. It’s part of a last-minute effort to prevent the House of Representatives from passing a replacement to the Affordable Care Act.

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According to a recent study by the New York State Health Department, the number of teens lighting up cigarettes in New York state has dropped dramatically in the last 16 years. 

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The union representing employees with the Environmental Protection Agency says President Trump’s proposed cuts to the agency would risk public health. The administration is proposing to slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent. That would include eliminating more than 3,000 jobs at the agency. 

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