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NY State Sen. Betty Little. NCPR File Photo: Mark Kurtz
NY State Sen. Betty Little. NCPR File Photo: Mark Kurtz

Battle over Women's Equality Act heats up

As the gun control debate continues to dominate political discourse state- and nationwide, a stepped-up battle over abortion here in New York isn't getting as much attention.

In his 2013 State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a passionate appeal to the legislature to pass his Women's Equality Act, a 10-point proposal that includes enactment of the Reproductive Health Act. But so far, Cuomo hasn't put forth his version of the bill, leaving people on both sides of the abortion debate wondering what, exactly, the governor will propose.

In the meantime, discussion about the Senate's version of the bill has ramped up.  Go to full article
Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.  Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Why upstate communities want to be drone testing sites

A coalition of universities and defense contractors in upstate New York has submitted a bid to become a federal research and test site for drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working on regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft in American airspace by 2015.

To do that, the FAA will name six testing sites - and seeing economic opportunities, upstate New York wants to have one of those sites.  Go to full article
Matthew Turcotte works at his office in Clarkson University's small business incubator in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Joanna Richards

Clarkson U. junior is also business magnate

Many 16-year-olds might dream about starting their own business. But it takes a special kind of teenager to turn an operation launched in his parents' basement into a six-figure profit earner in just four years. After succeeding wildly with his web development and design company, North Shore Solutions, Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte, now age 20, is embarking on his second venture: commercial real estate.  Go to full article
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Budget watchdog group: Cuomo pension plan a "gimmick"

State lawmakers return to Albany later this week, and have just over three weeks to meet a self-imposed deadline to finish the state budget. Negotiations on a spending plan...  Go to full article
Comet Panstarrs was first observed from Hawaii in June 2011. Image: <a href="">ScienceAtNASA</a>

Dust off the binoculars: Comet Panstarrs cometh

The days are lengthening, but there's still plenty to see in the night sky. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue joins Todd Moe to talk about the Snow Moon,...  Go to full article