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State & Nation
January 20, 2017
Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Call it contraception equality. Vasectomies, which are not covered under President Barack Obama's health care law, are increasingly being included in state measures that would require insurers to provide cost-free coverage of birth control. Backers of laws and proposals in such states as Illinois, Vermont, Maryland and most recently New York say […]

January 14, 2017
Governor Cuomo proposes decriminalizing marijuana

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed another marijuana-related initiative as part of his 2017 State of the State plan Wednesday. The proposal to decriminalize marijuana in New York was found in the 383-page State of the State book on the governor's website. Under the plan, New York state would remove, "the criminal penalties […]

January 7, 2017
New York state Legislature begins 2017 session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state lawmakers began their work for 2017 Wednesday with a vote to prohibit the use of cellphones as recording devices in the Senate chambers. The ban is intended to protect the chamber's decorum, according to lawmakers who included it in the Senate's internal rules. Democrats, however, called it an infringement […]

December 30, 2016
Tesla, Panasonic to make solar cells in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Japanese electronics company Panasonic and U.S. electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday they plan to begin production of solar cells at a factory in Buffalo, New York. The two companies said they finalized an agreement calling for Tokyo-based Panasonic to pay capital costs for the manufacturing. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla made a […]

December 24, 2016
Upstate NY groups getting $60M in US funds to help homeless

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  More than three dozen organizations across upstate New York will be splitting $60 million in federal funding for programs that address local homelessness. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday that the funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to 38 organizations that can quickly find […]

December 16, 2016
Manufacturing growing at solid pace in New York, hiring lags

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Manufacturers in New York state expanded more quickly this month than in November, driven by a big jump in new orders. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State index rose to a reading of 9 in December, up from 1.5 […]

December 10, 2016
Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It's clearer by the […]

December 9, 2016
Citing complaints, NY prosecutor wants voting rules changed

By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Unprecedented complaints about New York’s presidential primary show the need for big changes to state voting rules, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday before announcing proposals to authorize automatic voter registration and join most other states in allowing early voting. Schneiderman’s office received 1,500 complaints about […]

November 19, 2016
Prisons fight opioids with $1,000 injection: Does it work?

ME SHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively marketed an unproven drug to corrections officials. A single shot of Vivitrol, given in the buttocks, lasts for four […]

November 12, 2016
Trump's America: For many supporters, Trump is a thing called hope

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) On election night, when Donald Trump claimed victory in her home state of Wisconsin, Shay Chamberlin was so excited she passed out. Chamberlain believes Trump is her savior, sent by God to save America from ruin. She owns a women's clothing store in this remote town; her husband runs a construction company. […]

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