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26K unvaccinated kids in NY have to get shots before they can go to school

09.03.19 | Jeremy Miller

The state ended religious exemptions after nearly 900 people got sick in a measles outbreak in New York. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation in June repealing religious exemptions, and this month state officials tightened the rules for medical...

More commonwealth crews are headed south to help with the hurricane

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Mennonite Disaster Service has volunteer teams in Lancaster County and in the southeast, ready to respond to hurricane Dorian’s damage once emergency management officials say it’s safe to do so. Operations Director Ron Guenther, says...

Nearly 100 Kmart stores will be shuttering soon

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Stores in Bath, New York and Towanda, Pennsylvania are among the closing locations. The exact date of their demise is not yet known. They are part of under-performing stores facing a similar fate by December or sooner.

Changes to NY state spending on a medicaid program are set to take effect

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

The Empire State has moved from an hourly reimbursement rate to a monthly per person rate for the CDPA program, which provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals. The state health department says the change will not...

PA politicians get feedback on proposals to limit use of deadly force by police

08.29.19 | Brandon Dickson

Democratic legislators held a hearing this week on plans to change the rules that dictate when officers can use force and what kind they can deploy. The proposed changes include requiring officers to use de-escalation techniques and non-lethal...

More than 500 abuse survivors are filing suit under NY's Child Victims Act

08.29.19 | Bob Price

Two of the biggest targets: the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and the Boy Scouts of America. Attorney Jason Amala says the groups have "secret archive" and  "ineligible volunteer " files that contain abuse allegations. Amala accuses the...

NY's decriminalization law for marijuana now in effect

08.29.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the move to allow possession of up to two ounces of marijuana “long overdue.” The new law does away with fines of $50 and $200 and allows some past cannabis conviction records to be...

A congressman from NY is calling for a criminal investigation of Gov. Cuomo

08.28.19 | Brandon Dickson

Republican Representative Tom Reed is wanting the federal government to look into the governor's alleged misuse of highway funds. It has to do with a five-mile stretch of I-90 that runs through the Seneca Indian Nation in western New York. The...

PA state lawmakers are taking notice of skilled-worker shortage

08.28.19 | Terry Diener

The National Federation of Independent Businesses said in mid-August – the commonwealth needs more skilled workers, especially truck drivers, nurses, and health care workers. Members of the House Majority Policy Committee toured some...

Time is winding down for NY employers to execute "anti-harassment" instruction

08.28.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

To comply with Empire State laws companies face an October 9th "instruction deadline." The broad changes to New York's harassment laws include workplace protections for domestic violence victims, employees wearing religious clothing and even...

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