List by Author: Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Empire State has purchased a piece of history

02.11.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

New York’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has acquired an island off Lake Ontario's eastern shore that was once the scene of a War of 1812 battle between British and American forces. The 24-acre Horse Island will...

Keystone State lawmakers are pressing again for free college tuition

01.31.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would cover the tuition and fees at Pennsylvania-owned or state-related universities, and community colleges. Under the measure, students with a family income of up to $100,000 could attend up...

This week's push against life in NY focuses on physician-assisted suicide

01.28.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The latest move in Albany would require two doctors to approve drugs to end a patient's life.   Supporters of the measure claim it would allow a person diagnosed with a fatal illness the chance "to die with dignity."   Opponents say...

Upstate NY soldier is among the 4 killed in this week's bomb attack in Syria

01.18.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Pentagon has confirmed 23-year-old Navy Chief Shannon Kent, Army Chief Jonathan Farmer of Florida, and DOD civilian Scott Wirtz of Missouri were killed in the suicide attack. The 4th person has not been identified. Isis admits to carrying...

A bag ban is in the budget for New York state

01.14.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

You may have many of those store-plastic bags at home. Governor Cuomo wants to outlaw them in his new spending plan to be released tomorrow in Albany. New York Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, opposes a full-out ban--calling it too restrictive. She...

New York lawmakers convene in Albany this week

01.07.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

State elected politicians will gather to open the six-month legislative session on Wednesday. Key proposals include measures to approve sports betting, legalize recreational marijuana, and expand abortion. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will...

Impact fees are "welling up" for natural gas companies that failed to pay in PA

01.04.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The dispute, adding up to millions of dollars in tariffs, is centered on "stripper wells" that are exempt from fees. Drillers had argued for a more expansive definition of the aging wells, but the state Supreme Court disagreed. An industry...

PA's high court: pregnant women who take illegal drugs won't face c. abuse charges

12.31.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The 5-2 decision comes amid the U.S. opioid epidemic, and it includes abuse by pregnant women that can result in early labor, stillbirth and withdrawal symptoms for newborns. The case involves a baby girl who spent 19 days in Williamsport...

Faith-based adoption agency enlists legal help in response to NY state ultimatum

12.20.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Jeana Hallock with Alliance Defending Freedom says state officials conducted a routine audit in October, then targeted the agency for its Biblical beliefs on marriage and family. The state says the New Hope Family Services in Syracuse needs to...

NY officials have given Syracuse's New Hope adoption agency an ultimatum

12.12.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

State authorities are asking the faith-based family services agency to allow homosexual couples to adopt or be shut down. The church-funded agency only places children with married heterosexual couples...a policy opposed by New York state's...

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