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New York Top Court OKs Local Gas-Drilling Bans

06.30.14 | Bob Price

New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ...

NY to Delay Common Core Teacher Evaluations

06.20.14 | Bob Price

   New York legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo have finalized a deal to delay Common Core-related teacher evaluations. The bill essentially delays for two years common core test results from teacher evaluations, shielding them ...

Empire State Divided on Gun Control

06.16.14 | Bob Price

 Polls show a majority of New Yorkers support the Safe Act but it's intensely disliked upstate where hunting and the gun culture are strong. Anti-safe signs are a common site on rural lawns. Analysts doubt that angering traditional republican ...

NY Cracks Down on Teacher Certification

06.16.14 | Bob Price

Teacher certification requirements went un-enforced in more than 4-thousand New York classrooms last year. The State Education Department says hiring an un-qualified teacher is a misdemeanor crime for a school board. But the state does virtually ...

PA House Scraps Pension Reform Plans

06.11.14 | Bob Price

  Members of the Republican majority met privately on the topic for hours yesterday afternoon but a spokesman says a complicated proposal to create a hybrid pension system for future school and state workers generated many questions but not a ...

SUNY Chancellor Touts Common Core

06.11.14 | Bob Price

Top education official Nancy Zimpher will head a group of 200 college and university leaders from 33 states. Together, they'll advocate for the tougher learning standards. State leaders have made modifications to the controversial program this ...

Town of Tyre Fights Casino Development

06.10.14 | Bob Price

Residents of this farming community are appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit that would stop a Rochester real estate developer from pursuing a $350M casino and resort in the town of Tyre with 2,000 slots, 100 gaming tables, and a ...

NY's Medical Marijuana Bill Scrapped Again

06.10.14 | Bob Price

Senate finance committee chairman John DeFrancisco says he has no plans to move a bill out of committee that would legalize medicinal marijuana. He says there are too many uncertainties with the drug. The conservative group New Yorkers for ...

NY Lawmakers End Session With Key Issues

06.09.14 | Bob Price

 New York State Lawmakers are expected to adjourn their 2014 session one week from today-- without voting on several high-profile issues. Those issues include medical marijuana, public campaign financing and a minimum wage increase. In ...

NY Casino Revenues Down

06.09.14 | Bob Price

  Revenues at 7 of New York's Racinos are down during the first five months of 2014. According to the State Lottery Division, the Racinos lost more than $16.5 million from January to May. Profits at  Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier, were ...

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