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New York State may soon have a new way to prosecute dealers who sell heroin or opioids that result in a lethal overdose.

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

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Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

The New York State legislative session is drawing to a close and Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017. Among them is a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

With little more than a week left in the legislative session, some state lawmakers and community advocates are renewing the push for legalized recreational marijuana in New York State.

The state budget has been in place for just less than two months and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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This month marks the halfway point in New York State's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. Although local health care officials say progress has been made, a new epidemic is threatening the effort.

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New York State is setting aside $35 million to expand after-school programs.

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The debate over physician-assisted suicide has gone before New York State's highest court.

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Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants. The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

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Federal appeals court judges do not seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son.

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A local state senator wants New York's constitution amended to guarantee the rights of residents to hunt and fish, joining 21 other states to enshrine those outdoor rights in their state charters.

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Two men have been sentenced to five years' probation for the deaths of two young brothers under their watch who fell over a 70-foot waterfall at Letchworth State Park.

NYS equal rights amendment back on table

May 17, 2017
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Democrats in the New York State Senate want to add an equal rights amendment to the state constitution.

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The world's largest sponge-making facility is located right here in Western New York - and now the 3M plant in Tonawanda is expanding.

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A new online ad featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that New York’s governor may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

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Voters get a chance to decide in the fall whether the state should have a constitutional convention. Both legislative leaders, however, say they are against it.

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New York's Court of Appeals has upheld a state law that allows for permanent suspension of drivers licenses for repeat drunk drivers.

Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office.

Most hospitals report how many infections strike patients during treatment, meaning the infections are likely contracted inside the facility. Each year, Medicare is supposed to review up to 200 cases in which hospitals report suspicious infection-tracking results.

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Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, the first African-American woman on the New York Court of Appeals — the state's highest court — was found dead last month in the Hudson River.

On Wednesday, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the New York Police Department had completed its investigation into her death.

He said investigators had tracked down all leads and found no criminality, and that her death likely was a suicide.

A New York program that allows court-ordered therapy for thousands of seriously mentally ill people will expire next month if the Legislature doesn't renew it.

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Bills to improve voter access advanced in a New York State Senate committee, but their ultimate passage is uncertain.

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A bill that could address corruption in Albany is progressing in the New York State Legislature, but it might not be the measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to become law.

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New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

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In New York State, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.

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New York's Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for National Fuel, but a much lower increase than the utility had requested.

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President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in New York and Wisconsin without a market for their product.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

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The state budget struggle in Albany is high political theater, with the legendary "three men in a room" fighting over where the money goes and what it all means to the future of New York. How was the experience for two new local lawmakers?


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