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N.Y. lawmakers brace for pressure from charters, teachers

03.03.15 | Bob Price

With the state’s March 31 budget deadline looming, lawmakers are bracing for a barrage of pressure this week from charter-school advocates and their adversaries in the state teachers’ union. At least 1,000 members of the New York State ...

Woman hopes her random act of kindness inspires others

03.03.15 | Bob Price

Over a frigid weekend late last month, a portion of the fence around the Floral Avenue park in Johnson City was decorated with children's winter apparel. Coats, hats, gloves and scarves hung neatly from the diamond-shaped holes in the chain-link ...

Consumers Warned to Watch Out for Scams

03.03.15 | Bob Price

Kathleen Dolecki knows first hand how devastating it can be to fall victim to a scam."First, they called me and told me that I had won a $10,000 grant," Dolecki said."Then they said I won a $50,000 lottery, and they knew I was sick fighting cancer. ...

Wolf's budget looks to be big, bold and controversial

03.03.15 |

The details have been kept under lock and key, but when Gov. Wolf unveils his first budget early this week, all signs point to its being big, bold - and highly controversial. For days now, there has been chatter in political circles in the ...

"Redskins" nickname supporter flown in ahead of rally

03.03.15 | Bob Price

Two Native Americans from outside Western New York were flown in Monday ahead of a rally in support of the Lancaster School District's controversial 'Redskins' nickname. The two Native Americans will voice their support for the nickname. Their ...

Liquor privatization faces uncertain future after passing House

03.02.15 | Bob Price

For the second straight legislative session, state House Republicans say it’s time to privatize liquor and wine stores. One key lawmaker is proclaiming the government monopoly on adult beverages is destined to fall. “There is an ...

Pirates sickened by pic of 'Jihadi John' wearing Bucs ball cap

03.02.15 | Bob Price

He would be the Pittsburgh Pirates' most unwanted and unwelcome fan. A photograph surfaced Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, identified as the Islamic State terrorist known as “Jihadi John” and linked to several beheading videos, wearing a ...

Fracking fault lines forecast a future fight over gas

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Without hesitation, Kirkwood resident Marchie Diffendorf can recall the exact date of the phone call: Dec. 7, 2007. It was a landman with a natural-gas company: Would he be interested in leasing the natural-gas rights to his 60-acre property in ...

Wolf administration to show how it’ll challenge gas industry

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. Next week, Wolf’s Department of ...

I leave New York?: Towns Consider Seceding to Pennsylvania

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the ...

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