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Apr 18, 2014 — Lee Jun-Seok was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Nearly 270 of those who were aboard are still missing.
Apr 17, 2014 — Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S. But then, a decades-old run-in with the law led to his deportation. Does his story show the system failing or working?
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Photo: Franklin gun shop via Innovation Trail
Photo: Franklin gun shop via Innovation Trail

87 guns reported stolen last year in northern NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State police report 87 guns were stolen last year altogether in five counties of northern New York.

The Troop B Gun Investigation Unit says most firearms were taken from private residences, with a few stolen from vehicles during hunting season.  Go to full article
Rotunda, NYS Court of Appeals. Photo: NYS

NY top judge backs clearing some criminal records

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's top jurist wants to clear old misdemeanors from court records of people who don't get re-arrested for seven years and various non-violent felonies for people who stay out of trouble for a decade.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says research shows the risk of committing new offenses drops steadily with time, and individuals after 10 years without trouble are no more likely than anyone else to get arrested.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

NY closing four prisons gradually over a year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's corrections chief says the latest prison closings have been taking place gradually following notifications last summer and shuttering half-empty facilities should save taxpayers $30 million.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci, testifying before legislators Wednesday, says the state inmate total has dropped from 71,600 in 1999 to about 54,200 currently.  Go to full article
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NY drug database cited in "shopping" drop

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says the state's new online database of drug prescriptions has cut so-called "doctor shopping" by 75 percent....  Go to full article
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Jefferson Community College in Watertown Thursday. Photo: Joanna Richards

Gillibrand optimistic for reform in military sexual assault cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing hard to reform the way the military handles sexual assaults. Her proposal was dropped once, but she's hopeful it will come up for...  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer seeks fed support to battle heroin in NY

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to designate a Hudson Valley county as a high-intensity drug-trafficking area so it can attain...  Go to full article
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: <a href="">ibmphoto24</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it...  Go to full article
An asbestos abatement project in progress. Photo: <a href="">Aaron Suggs</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Two Malone men plead guilty in asbestos case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two northern New York men have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally removing and disposing of asbestos.

John Mills and Terrance Allen of...  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena

NY court to consider acceptable police lies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police lie to suspects.

Now New York's top court is considering whether they go too far by claiming a dead victim is still alive.

The...  Go to full article
The new St. Lawrence County jail. Photo:

NY provides $5M aimed at jail alternatives

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say 23 programs statewide will share more than $5 million in grants to support alternatives to jail and reduce recidivism.

The...  Go to full article

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