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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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Former Weapons Inspector Speaks Out Against War

The former chief weapons inspector for Iraq is speaking out against plans for possible US military action in that country. Scott Ritter says there's no evidence that Saddam Hussein actually possesses weaponsof mass destruction. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Late State Budget "Birthday" in Albany

Government reform groups held a mock "birthday party" yesterday in Albany for the imaginary person they called late budget boy. The groups were trying to dramatize the arrival of another new fiscal year without a state budget in place. It's the 18th straight year that the budget has been late in New York state. The groups said late budget boy has now come of age with his 18th birthday. Karen Dewitt reports.
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Another Late State Budget

On Monday, New York will have a late budget for the 18th year in a row now that state lawmakers have left Albany for the spring holidays without finishing a spending plan. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Consumer Groups Want Hospitals to Expand Doctor Profiles

Consumer groups want the Health Department to expand hospital report cards like the ones issued for cardiac surgery to other types of surgical procedures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New York Senate Cracks Down on Sexual Abuse in the Church

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require priests and other clergy to report evidence of child sexual abuse. It was passed in response to the growing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Elects New Minority Leader

The State Assembly has a new minority leader. Charlie Nesbit, who represents a district near Rochester, was chosen to replace John Faso in a close vote. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Survey: Most New Yorkers Favor Smoke-Free Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups say a new survey of New Yorkers shows wide support for statewide protections for non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo Wins Rural Democrats' Straw Poll

Democratic candidate for Governor, Andrew Cuomo, won a surprise upset victory over rival Carl McCall in a straw-poll conducted by the upstate Democratic Rural Conference meeting over the weekend. Karen Dewitt reports from Schenectady.  Go to full article

Independence Party Weighs In in Governor's Race

Governor Pataki is winning growing support among members of the state's largest minority party, the Independence Party, but the party's founder Tom Galisano is threatening to challenge Pataki in a primary. Galisano expressed his interest in a run after the Independence Party of Monroe County, in Galisano's hometown of Rochester, came out in favor of Pataki for Governor. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New York Next For Campaign Finance Reform?

Government reform groups say now is the time for New York State to enact campaign finance reform, now that Congress has acted to ban soft money in a comprehensive campaign finance reform bill. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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