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Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

For two-and-a-half years, the death of India Cummings has  raised questions. Cummings died after spending 17 days at the Erie County Holding Center. Thursday brought another protest outside the Holding Center, in the wake of a state report that said homicide should be listed as the woman's cause of death.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is calling on the state to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.

Governor's Office

Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

Public health and agriculture officials are warning New York residents, farmers and visitors to take precautions outdoors as a new tick species has been found in the state.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The state agency that investigates inmate deaths is out with scathing findings in the death of India Cummings, the 27-year-old Lackawanna woman who died in the custody of the Erie County Holding Center in February 2016.

Marie Cusick / State Impact Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania family that lost more than 500 trees to make way for the stalled Constitution Pipeline project asked a court on Thursday to dissolve an injunction that gave the company access to their property and to determine compensation that remains unpaid.

New York State will soon allow anyone prescribed an opioid to request medical marijuana instead. The state's Department of Health announced details of the new policy on Thursday.

Primary challengers to a group of former break away Democrats in the State Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements. Many are encouraged by the June upset win of primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to longtime Queens Congressman Joe Crowley.

Alcoholic ice cream comes to NYS

Jul 11, 2018
Perry's Ice Cream

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a Senate bill allowing for the sale of beer and hard cider ice cream in New York State. The law (S8830 Chapter 118), sponsored by Sen. James Seward (R-Oneonta), was approved to help New York’s craft beer industry, cider producers and farmers by helping food retailers and restaurants meet the growing demand by consumers for these new dairy products.

New York State Senate

A former New York State Senate leader has been pressured to explain why real estate executives who needed his support on legislation also agreed to steer work to his son. 

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

The 5th annual New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week has begun. In New York it’s easy to be aware of invasive species since we have so many of them. Thanks to our early success creating a world-class sea port, and excellence in canal-building, NY has more invasive forest pests than any other state, and ranks in the top three for aquatic invasives. I guess the folks who set out to make NY the Empire State should have thought twice about trying to rank first in everything.

WXXI News

A New York State trooper killed on duty by a suicidal man was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret.

National Public Radio

For 75 years, the state's Cancer Registry has been collecting detailed information about cancer among New Yorkers. The data has identified fours areas of the state where there are significantly elevated levels of certain cancers. Among those areas is Buffalo's East Side and adjacent western Cheektowaga.

In a decision that could have implications across the state, an appeals court is blocking the release of New York City police body camera footage at least until it hears arguments in November.

New York State Police

A state trooper responding to a call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border early Monday was fatally shot along with the man, a school principal, officials said.

National Public Radio

A new state law is taking effect in New York that requires schools to teach mental health to students in elementary, middle and high school.

NYS Attorney General's Office

Barbara Underwood has been New York's Attorney General for just over seven weeks now, after her predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned after accusations he physically abused women he was dating. Schneiderman has said the encounters were consensual.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Underwood to talk about some of the very high-profile work that the office is continuing to pursue under her leadership, including the lawsuit by her office against the Trump Foundation.

WBFO

The Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally has been called immoral by many democrats over the past week. Now some are saying it’s illegal.

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers. Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York State Senate

A retrial is set to begin for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son on corruption charges.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Looking for a challenge this summer? The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has one for adults and youngsters.

The New York State Public Service Commission has laid down the law to Charter Communications - the parent company of Spectrum - in a scathing order, for failing to meet the terms set when Charter acquired Time Warner Cable in 2016.

If your summer plans include a driving vacation, prepare to budget more for gasoline.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The state’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to New York's Capitol to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

File Photo / WBFO News

The New York State Assembly has voted to eliminate the requirement for cash bail in most criminal cases.

File Photo

The State Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously ruled that New York can tax tobacco sales by Native American retailers to non-Indians.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code. That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

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