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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

Stories filed by Karen DeWitt

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Catholics Sue to Block New Women's Health Care Law

The Catholic Church is seeking a legal injunction against a women's health care law that takes effect on January 1st. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

SONDA Debate Draws Variety of Opponents

When the State Senate met to debate and pass the gay equal rights legislation last week, those for and against the measure showed up to lobby and demonstrate. Some of the most interesting debates took place away from the Senate floor, and between groups of people who come from very different cultures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Law Governing New Power Plants Set to Expire

The New York state legislature will let expire at the end of this year the law that governs the citing of new power plants. There is a dispute between environmentalists and the power plant industry over what the impact of that expiration would be. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki Popular Despite Looming Budget Problems

Governor Pataki is remaining tight lipped about how he might resolve the looming budget crisis. A recent poll shows the governor remains popular despite New York's financial problems. As Karen Dewitt reports, those two developments might be related.  Go to full article

State Senate Approves Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

By a close vote, 34 to 26, the New York State Senate voted to grant equal rights for gays and lesbians in housing, employment and other areas, despite lobbying against the bill from the left and the right. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Regents Say State Needs to Spend More Money on Education

The state board of regents says that despite the state's fiscal problems, New York needs to spend half a billion dollars more on its school children next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Expected to Vote Soon On Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups.  Go to full article

SUNY Students Angry About Possible Tuition Hikes

The state's business lobby says it's in favor of tuition increases for students at New York's public colleges. That stance has angered some students at the State University of New York. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno Says He Might Support Reforming State Liquor Laws

The leader of the New York State Senate says he might support reforming the state's liquor laws to sell wine on Sundays. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Asks Lawmakers for Bonds to Help Close Budget Gap

Governor Pataki has asked the state Legislature to authorize the bonding of up to $4 billion dollars. The money would help the state close revenue shortfalls in the current and future fiscal years. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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