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College students are getting down to work on campuses across New York, and many are also learning a new definition for sexual consent.

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New rules for school vaccines in New York take effect September 1. The updates impact students entering kindergarten through seventh grade.

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The education programs that serve New York’s prison population are streamlining the path to a college degree. Private organizations offer college classes in 19-state facilities. Now several of the groups have formed a consortium to help students make it to graduation day.

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Results are out from year three of New York’s Common Core tests. Students showed some progress in math, but not much change in English. The state hailed these results as progress, but in the Southern Tier the outlook is a little more complicated.

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  School can be a minefield for transgender youth. Teachers may not know which gendered pronouns to use. There’s bullying. On Monday, New York released new guidelines to make school easier for these students. They’re a response to a report last month from the New York Civil Liberties Union that found widespread problems in the state.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports raising more than $2 million in campaign donations over the past six months.


Testing giant Pearson will no longer develop New York’s standardized tests for elementary and middle school students. The state is turning instead to Questar Assessment. That could signal a broader shift on education after heated controversy.

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Winners of New York’s five medical marijuana licenses could emerge any day now. The state Department of Health says it will announce the picks in mid-July. One bidder, Salus Scientific, aims to start growing in Johnson City.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York bank executive has pleaded guilty in a loan scheme that prosecutors say cost his bank more than $5 million.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.

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The commissioner of New York’s environmental agency is leaving. The news came two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement to ban hydrofracking. The final report on fracking is a signal for others to move on as well.

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Transgender students in New York continue to face harassment and discrimination at school, according to a recent report from the New York Civil Liberties Union. That’s despite a five-year-old anti-bullying law called the Dignity for All Students act, or DASA.

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New York State has a new energy plan. State officials released it this week to serve as a guide for energy policy long after Governor Andrew Cuomo leaves office and it includes three main goals.

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Governor Cuomo and leaders of the legislature finally settled all of their differences and voted on legislation to end the session.
The measure, colloquially known as “the big ugly,” contains a four-year extension of the rent regulations and a corresponding continuation of a property tax cap, plus new rebate checks sent to homeowners just before Election Day 2016.

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AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - The union representing New York corrections officers says the lockdown of a maximum-security prison in the Finger Lakes region was prompted by the discovery of escape plans in an inmate's cells.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is giving seven more states and the District of Columbia more flexibility from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

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Nearly one week after the legislative session was supposed to end, governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced a deal on all major end of session issues, including renewal of New York City’s rent laws and a related property tax cap, as well as a new tax rebate program for property owners.

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State police have moved their manhunt for two convicted murderers to an area west of the New York prison from which they boldly escaped more than two weeks ago, as officers begin investigating the latest sighting.

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New York’s private colleges may soon have a new definition for sexual consent. Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a deal yesterday on a bill they hope will reduce sexual assault. 

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New York’s Board of Regents meets Monday and Tuesday to finalize controversial new teacher evaluation laws ahead of a June 30 deadline. When legislators mandated the evaluation system in the state budget, they left out some details. Now the state Education Department is writing those rules, and the Regents will vote on them.

George Pataki Launches Presidential Bid

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Former Governor of New York George Pataki announced his bid for president in an online video this morning. He is expected to make a formal announcement at an event in New Hampshire later today.

The Republican has referred to himself as a long shot, but said he would make a good candidate because of his success in the governor's race in a traditionally Democratic state.

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Efforts to raise expectations for New York’s teachers have stalled. In 2014, the state rolled out four new, tougher teacher certification tests. But last week the state delayed the requirement.

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New York’s Public Service Commission is considering a price increase request by the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation.
The average customer’s natural gas bill would increase by 10 dollars a month and their electricity bill would increase 8 dollars a month under NYSEG’s request.

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On state test day at school, all the students file in, sharpen their No. 2 pencils, and bend over their bubble sheets.

Or, not.

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After about seven years of research, public hearings, rallies, elections and rumors that a decision was imminent, the final environmental impact statement on hydrofracking was released on Wednesday. Its findings aren’t a surprise.

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Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through the Southern Tier plan to start work this summer. May 14 is the last day to submit public comments to environmental regulators in New York on one of the permits still under review.

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Often when a private drinking well near a natural gas well becomes contaminated, it’s difficult to make a definitive link between the contamination and the drilling. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers used a more sophisticated technology than what’s used by regulators to look for fracking chemicals in water wells. WSKG’s Matt Richmond spoke with the study’s lead author, Garth Llewellyn. He says they used industry technology to conduct the study.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted again to prohibit a psychological treatment designed to change or alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

Wednesday's vote was the second time the Assembly has moved to outlaw what is known as conversion therapy, in which a counselor or psychologist attempts to change a minor's sexuality.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's ethics commission reports $226 million spent on state and local lobbying last year. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics says the total is $16 million higher than the year before.

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Learning a new language is tough. And for immigrant farmworkers, long work days and lack of transportation can pose extra barriers. New York state has an idea to change that. It’s a language lesson that fits in your pocket. Just dial up the state’s new English on the Go line from your cell phone. The free lessons are interactive, with audio and text messages.