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Albany from above. Photo: <a href="">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GOP Senators say Democrats will neglect upstate and Long Island

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what's shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won't care about Upstate and Long Island.  Go to full article
Mosquito bite, Photo: <a href="">dr_relling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mosquito bite, Photo: dr_relling, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile Virus.

The state's Department of Health says the virus was confirmed in a mosquito sample from Rockland County last week.  Go to full article

NY ups spending for disabled outside institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal statistics show New York has stepped up spending to give the disabled a choice to live outside institutions since a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision said unnecessarily segregating people in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounted to discrimination.  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS "universal pre-K" gets off to a very slow start

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K, and many schools say that there are too many obstacles in the funding program.

When the state budget was approved back on March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders touted funding for pre-kindergarten that they said could lead to universal pre-K in New York.  Go to full article

New York state opens primary voting hotline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has a hotline to help voters cast their ballots during the Tuesday's federal primary elections.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the statewide hotline will help people with disabilities as well as New Yorkers who speak English as a second language.  Go to full article
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote  in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Medical marijuana passes NYS senate 49-10

The sponsor of the successful medical marijuana measure in the Senate, Sen. Diane Savino, says she's "gratified" by the larger-than-expected number of yes votes, and hopes the new law ha wider repercussions.  Go to full article
Photo: US National Park Service
Photo: US National Park Service

NY proposes plan for North Country Scenic Trail

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a plan for the Adirondack segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

In March 1980, federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail as a component of the National Trails System. To date, Congress has authorized the establishment of eight National Scenic Trails, which are patterned after the Appalachian Trail.  Go to full article
Yogurt, Photo: <a href="">ehpien</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Yogurt, Photo: ehpien, CC some rights reserved

NY yogurt makers picked for school lunch program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) School children in seven states will be eating New York yogurt this fall under a school lunch program operated by the federal government.

U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced that Chobani and Upstate Niagara won a bid to supply yogurt for the program.  Go to full article

SPJ Winner: Dying inmates in NY struggle to get home

This spring North Country Public Radio's news team has been honored with several awards for some of the work we've brought you over the past year. Much of that recognition has gone to our Prison Time Media Project, which over the year and a half has been looking in-depth at the growth of the prison industry here in our region, across New York and around the country.

Tonight in Washington DC, one pair of investigative reports from the Prison Time project will be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. In her two-part series, Natasha Haverty looked at how the soaring numbers of men and women behind bars for low-level crimes over the past few decades have effected the life cycle--asking questions like, "what happens when a woman enters prison pregnant?" and "what systems are in place for when an inmate ages, or gets fatally ill?"

This morning, we'll revisit one of those reports, and learn how despite recent reforms to the system, many terminally ill inmates are forced to remain behind bars even when they no longer appear to be a threat to society. Even some prison officials think the process for allowing inmates to die at home needs fixing.  Go to full article
Heroin needle, Photo: <a href="">Danielle Sprags</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Heroin needle, Photo: Danielle Sprags, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature passes package of anti-heroin bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Legislature has passed a series of bills to curb heroin and opioid use throughout the state.

The 11 bills, which passed unanimously Thursday, include a requirement for insurance companies to better cover substance-abuse treatment. They also call for a public awareness campaign and harsher penalties for illegal drug distribution.  Go to full article

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