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July 14, 2018 - 8:48 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state government news, tops Democrats are ratcheting up the pressure on Senate Republicans to return to Albany. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie say the Senate's Republican leaders should immediately reconvene to take up measures...
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July 13, 2018 - 10:32 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Proposals to permit recreational marijuana use in New York state took a big step forward Friday when state health officials issued a long-awaited report concluding that the benefits of legalization outweigh the risks. The 74-page analysis from the Department of Health...
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July 13, 2018 - 10:24 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday to initiate a corruption probe following the guilty verdicts at a corruption trial a day earlier related to the state's ambitious "Buffalo Billion" upstate redevelopment scandal. Nixon, a Democrat...
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July 13, 2018 - 7:22 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - New York state will soon allow anyone prescribed an opioid to request medical marijuana instead. The state's Department of Health announced details of the new policy on Thursday. State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says medical marijuana has been shown to be an...
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July 11, 2018 - 10:31 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Two criminal trials over allegations of high-level corruption in New York state were both drawing to a close Wednesday on the same floor atop a federal courthouse with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline. In one courtroom the focus has been on alleged back-room dealing...
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July 11, 2018 - 5:57 am
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts has endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for re-election, saying they're championing and protecting New Yorkers' rights. The independent, political arm of Planned Parenthood in New York state cites Cuomo's accomplishments,...
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July 11, 2018 - 5:47 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Move over wine slushies — New Yorkers will soon be allowed to purchase beer ice cream. A new state law will authorize the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer. The measure will require the frozen products to contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibit sales to...
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July 11, 2018 - 2:02 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - The speaker of the New York Assembly says now is the time to codify abortion rights in state law. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie said Tuesday that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling legalizing abortion nationwide is in "grave danger" and that it's up to lawmakers to ensure...
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July 10, 2018 - 8:50 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law. Cuomo says Monday that the GOP-led Senate should immediately reconvene to pass the measure in light of a vacancy on the U.S...
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July 10, 2018 - 8:46 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A University at Albany chemistry professor says technology that makes it possible to distinguish a person's age range based on bloodstains could be used to fight crime. Professor Igor Lednev says he's able to use lasers to classify blood samples as coming from specific age...
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