List by Month: 12-2012

Mailed Medicaid Prescriptions Not Getting To NY Patients Swiftly

12.17.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Medicaid patients in New York State are angry over mailed drugs. A change in the state policy requiring Medicaid recipients who take certain drugs to get them through the mail has led to delivery problems, leaving patients without life-sustaining ...

Thruway Meets Today; No Word On Tollway Increases

12.17.12 | Sarah Harnisch

The New York State Thruway meets today, but they are mum on a 45-percent toll hike for trucks on the state's longest tolled road. The Thruway board is set to discuss a bridge in the lower Hudson Valley, but the toll hike was left off their agenda. ...

P.A.'s Voter ID Law To Be Challenged This Summer

12.14.12 | Sarah Harnisch

A commonwealth judge discussed issues with lawyers at an hour long meeting Thursday, and said he's leaning toward a summer trial. He says he'll issue an order within 2 weeks. There is another primary election May 21st, and it's not clear if ...

Republican NY Senator Who Voted For Gay Rights Is Out

12.14.12 | Sarah Harnisch

The Republican who cast the last vote for gay marriage in New York is out. Veteran State Senator Steven Saland's defeat means 3 of the 4 Republicans who cast crucial votes for gay marriage in 2011 won't be returning to the Senate. Saland's ...

NY Again Trying To Ban Smoking In State Parks

12.14.12 | Sarah Harnisch

This, after a previous attempt was thwarted by a smoker's rights group. The State Office of Parks and Recreation has proposed regulations that would prohibit smoking near playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pools, and other highly used areas at ...

Forget Hunger. Our Biggest Battle Is Obesity.

12.14.12 |

The obesity crisis is now bigger then the global hunger crisis. A report published in the British Medical Journal cited nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries, who compared health data from 1990 through 2010. And with the exception of those in ...

PA National Guard Unit Could Be Among Last Deployed To Afghanistan

12.13.12 |

The 56th Stryker Brigade has been told it could receive alert orders - normally given a year before a deployment - next month. That would line the 3,500-4,000 members of the brigade up for a potential deployment in January 2014. That deployment ...

Non-Profits Political Giving To Be Watched In NY

12.13.12 | Sarah Harnisch

New York's top law enforcement official is going after not-for-profits.  Attorney General Erik Schneiderman wants to force charities and ministries to disclose their political spending on state and local races, starting next year. He said "the ...

Stem Cell Research Center Opens In NY

12.13.12 | Sarah Harnisch

The University of Rochester has opened the first stem cell research clean room in New York State. It means stem cell research will be expedited in a brand new 3.5 million dollar facility. The room opened Wednesday at the University of Rochester ...

Prison Population Leveling Off In PA

12.13.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania’s dramatic 30-year, 525 percent rise in prison population appears to have ended, or at least hit an historic lull. After a year-end high of 51,487 inmates in 2009, the state’s prison population has remained relatively ...

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