NY lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo have not given up hope on holding a special session this month

12.20.16 | Bob Price

The legislative get-together in Albany could result in the first pay hike for politicians in 17 years.In exchange for a salary boost, the governor wants new ethics reform legislation and a new hate crimes bill.

NY is awarding nearly $27 million to support agriculture

12.19.16 | Bob Price

68 Farming-related projects in the state's ten regional economic zones will share the grant money. The funds will pay for dairy expansion operations, green-house projects and the promotion of farmers markets.

A PA woman faces criminal charges after stealing a baby Jesus figure from a nativity scene

12.19.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Bethlehem-area police say she took the Jesus figure to the hospital with a note explaining the baby had been neglected by his parents, "Joseph and Mary." 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross told police it was a joke, but they are not laughing.  She...

Major changes are being proposed to public education in PA

12.19.16 | Terry Diener

At issue in Harrisburg is a de-emphasis on state tests.Calling it the Future Ready Grading Index, state education officials say the new grading system is meant to tell a more accurate story about Pennsylvania's 500 school districts. While...

The cities of Buffalo and Syracuse held Shop with a Cop events

12.19.16 | Bob Price

Children of fallen police officers are given gift cards to buy Christmas presents for themselves or others.     "Shop with a Cop" is put on each Christmas season by the Badge of Honor Association. Spokesman Justin Collins says...

PA Gov. Wolf will eliminate thousands of unfilled positions in state government

12.16.16 | Bill Price

As the state faces a large budget deficit, the Wolf Administration is telling cabinet agencies to limit the size of the state workforce to the number of positions now filled. The decision will affect thousands of positions, and it's not known...

The bone-chilling cold is jolting the system

12.16.16 | Bob Price

The coldest day of the season thus far. Dr. Bob Glatter at the University of Rochester Medical Center says in sub-zero wind chills it doesn't take long for frost-bite to set in.  He says to cover your head, neck, and ears. Another day of...

NY is extending the deadline to enroll for health coverage under Obamacare

12.16.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

New Yorkers now have until Saturday to sign up through the state's health plan marketplace for coverage starting January 1st.  The deadline was originally December 15th, but State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore says it has...

The PA Dept. of Corrections has awarded $1.5 million to agencies that provide treatment for drug addiction disorders

12.16.16 | Terry Diener

The funding targets counties – particularly in rural areas – with high overdose rates and offenders with substance abuse disorder in an effort to address the problem before it leads to more serious crime or overdose death.   The...

Not only is the gas tax going up in PA, but so too are tolls on the turnpike

12.15.16 | Terry Diener

A 6% toll increase, approved in July, takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 8th on both cash and E-ZPass tolls. A turnpike spokesman says the higher rates are needed to help the turnpike meet its funding obligations.  Those obligations...