List by Month: 6-2016

Heroin, Uber, fantasy sports top NY lawmakers' final agenda

06.06.16 | Bob Price

New York state lawmakers are entering the final days of their 2016 session, with big votes possible on measures to combat heroin addiction, allow Uber to expand upstate and regulate daily fantasy sports. Addressing corruption, which polls show...

Gov. Tom Wolf tells folks in Philadelphia his $34 million budget request for the opioid epidemic is “a start”

06.03.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Wolf spoke at Temple University's Center for Substance Abuse. His goal is to create 50 outpatient treatment centers that could serve up to 11,000 people a year. Only a few weeks remain for lawmakers to pass a budget for the July first new term.

Penn State University says the settlements in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal should stay sealed

06.03.16 | Sarah Harnisch

The college is opposing a move by a coalition of media organizations to unseal court records surrounding settlements its paid to end claims by Sandusky's accusers. The university is arguing the records contain information that came out as part...

New York's governor takes the wraps off a plan to address homelessness

06.03.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Cuomo administration claims that phase one is to open 1,200 housing units for folks in need of job training or mental health care. This first step is part of a five year, $10 billion homelessness plan that will add supportive housing. A...

The New York Assembly has approved the nation's most ambitious climate change bill

06.03.16 | Sarah Harnisch

The legislation requires the state to reduce greenhouse gases to zero by 2050. To pull that off, the bill gives the state until 2030 to get at least 50% of its electricity from clean energy. So far, the bill has not been introduced in the state...

The Pottsgrove School District bans prayer during graduation

06.02.16 | Bob Price

The Pennsylvania public high school is ending its long tradition of offering a prayer during its graduation ceremony on June 15th. Its because there was a complaint after a student last year invoked the name of Jesus during the...

New York prison guards say they are "fighting for there lives" to take care of inmates every day at the states' 54 correctional institutions

06.02.16 | Bob Price

Joe Miano, a prison guard in Attica, says despite a decrease in the overall prison population, the remaining inmates tend to be more violent.   Over the past five years, inmate assaults on prison guards in New York have jumped nearly 60%.

Something is killing the fish at a state park in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

06.02.16 | Bob Price

One visitor insist, "There were dead fish all over the place." Wildlife officials say it does not appear to be pollution, and they don't think the public is at any risk.  Still, the smell is overwhelming according to one Kingston...

Immigrant farm-workers were joined by New York state Catholic leaders in Albany Wednesday demanding the right to unionize

06.02.16 | Bob Price

Local dairy operations tell Family Life News if New York lawmakers allow it, many of them will go out of business. Approximately 60,000 farm-hands toil on 35,000 dairy farms across the Empire State.

The head of the New York state University System is leaving her post next year

06.01.16 | Bob Price

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will exit her half-a-million dollar post in June of 2017. Zimpher has served as head of the 64-campus SUNY system for seven years. The 69 year-old says she wants to give a one year notice so the board of trustees...