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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for ten years. Before that she worked at WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and Metroland. E-mail

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Record Spending Predicted for Gubernatorial Race

A campaign finance reform group predicts that a record $160-million will be spent on this year's governor's race in New York. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo amd McCall Trail Pataki in Campaign Fundraising

The two democratic candidates in the governor's race have raised much smaller amounts of money than Governor Pataki's record-breaking $12.7 million. The campaigns of Andrew Cuomo and Carl McCall continue to trade charges and counter-charges, as neither candidate seems to be gaining any traction in the polls. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Raises Big Bucks for Re-election Bid

Leading his potential Democratic opposition by 2-to-1 in the polls, Republican Governor Pataki reports today that he has concluded his most successful six-months of campaign fund raising ever. Pataki says his required report to the state Board of Elections would show his campaign had raised more than $12.8 million over the past six months. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Educators Protest Court Decision on State's Responsiblity for Teaching Kids

Advocates for more education funding held demonstrations around New York yesterday to call attention to the recent court decision that limits the state's responsibility for educating its children. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Middle School Test Scores: Good News, Bad News

The latest 4th and 8th grade test scores from the state Education Department show that learning in New York's middle schools continues to be a problem. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Death Penalty Conviction Overturned

The first death penalty conviction in New York since the statute was reinstated in 1995 has been overturned. The state's highest-level appeals court threw out Darryl Harris' death sentence yesterday and ordered that he be re-sentenced for killing three people in Brooklyn in 1996. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Smog and Haze from Quebec Covers Northeast

People in most parts of New York State noticed a haze and smog this weekend, caused by fires in the Canadian province of Quebec. While the change of wind patterns meant clearer air on Monday, health organizations that monitor air quality say there could be more unhealthy air coming this week. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Few Agreements on Final Issues in Albany

As the July 4th holiday approaches, a number of bills remain on the agenda for the New York State Assembly and Senate, but so far there are few agreements on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to giving police more tools to fight terrorism. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY School Aid Funding Ruled Constitutional

Governor Pataki and the state legislature do not have to restructure the state school aid formula now that an appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and declared that the current system of funding is indeed constitutional. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Kids Tell Lawmakers to Ban Smoking in Restaurants

A bill to ban smoking in restaurants in New York is stuck in the New York State Senate. A group of children organized by the American Cancer Society and Lung Association gathered to urge the Senate to act on the bill. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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