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TSA PreCheck Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantwickes/7417151634/">Grant Wickes</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
TSA PreCheck Photo: Grant Wickes, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

TSA expanding pre-check program to western NY

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) Travelers from western New York will soon be able to qualify for expedited screening at airport security checkpoints.

The federal Transportation Security Administration is opening an application center on Friday for its pre-check program in Lackawanna.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO

Could Syracuse be the home of the new NYS homeland security college?

New York state plans to create the nation's first college dedicated to homeland security and emergency preparedness, which backers say is a necessary measure given the major storms and terrorist threats the state has dealt with.

And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.  Go to full article
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann

For Olympic families, anxiety about Sochi

In these final weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there's growing of anxiety about safety and the threat of terrorism in Russia. The state department has issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling to the games. Some athletes in the US have been urging family members to say home.

Safety fears are only the latest complication for North Country families debating whether to make the trip to Sochi.  Go to full article
The star on a Vermont Real ID indicates it is also a valid form of federal identification. Photo: Vermont DMV
The star on a Vermont Real ID indicates it is also a valid form of federal identification. Photo: Vermont DMV

Vermont to offer Real ID licenses after Jan. 1

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is going to be issuing a new kind of driver's licenses and non-driver identification cards. Starting Jan. 2, Vermonters will be able to obtain Real ID compliant identification in person at all motor vehicles offices.

Motor Vehicle Commissioner Robert Ide says licenses are no longer just for driving and residents increasingly rely on these documents as proof of identity in their everyday lives.  Go to full article
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

Student privacy a major concern

The state's Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assembly members at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.  Go to full article
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Privacy vs. the economy as Syracuse considers drones

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the pros and cons of being a part of the domestic drone industry.

The Common Council's public safety committee held its first hearing on the matter late last week.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

In face of NSA scandal, Gillibrand looks to balance privacy, security

New York leaders in Washington want more information about the growth in domestic spying.

It was revealed last week that the National Security Agency collects phone data and private emails directly from the servers of major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo.  Go to full article
Meeting of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Photo: Sarah Harris
Meeting of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Photo: Sarah Harris

Burlington area residents debate F-35 noise

Last spring the Air Force announced that Burlington was one of two preferred sites for a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. The F-35s are a lot louder than the F-16s that currently take off and land from Burlington International Airport.

Many area residents are worried about the noise from the jets and its effect on their property values. Others are glad that the F-35 would guarantee a continued Air Force presence in Burlington.  Go to full article

NY State Police doing 'International Road Check'

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - State troopers in northern New York are taking part in this week's commercial vehicle enforcement program being conducted along the nation's borders with Canada and Mexico.

During the annual International Road Check, New York State Police commercial vehicle enforcement units and their police counterparts across the U.S., Canada and Mexico conduct comprehensive inspections of commercial vehicles along major highways.

This year's 3-day program begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday.

New York state troopers from Troop B, based in the Adirondacks, are participating in the North Country. The troop includes three New York counties along the U.S.-Canada border: St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton. State police officials say a number of checkpoints will be set up this week across the region.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.  Go to full article
Sue Stebbins  (Photo: SUNY Potsdam)
Sue Stebbins (Photo: SUNY Potsdam)

Diversity expert among critics of NYPD surveillance of Muslim students

New York civil rights advocates want a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo following a decision by the attorney general's office not to investigate the New York Police Department over its monitoring of Muslim students following the Sept. 11 attack.

The Associated Press reports that in a letter yesterday, the New York Civil Rights Coalition refuses to accept the decision by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman's office said there were legal obstacles that prevented the probe.
The coalition writes that the governor must direct state authorities to investigate the surveillance.

The Associated Press reported last week that the New York Police Department kept close watch on websites and blogs maintained by Muslim student associations across the northeast U.S., including at SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University.

The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has faced a firestorm of criticism. But he continues to defend the police department, saying the city needs to be vigilant against terrorism.

Susan Stebbins is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's also special assistant to the president for diversity. The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. But Stebbins tells Julie Grant the college is just finding out about it now. (NCPR did request an interview with the New York Police Department, but didn't hear back for this story.)  Go to full article

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