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It’s been three years since inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The prison break set off a three-week manhunt across new York State. Matt, of Tonawanda, was killed in a shootout, while Sweat was shot, arrested ad now serving time in Attica Correctional Facility.

In the months that followed there were crackdowns and investigations, some highly critical reports about corrections practices and personnel. Corrections officials say they have worked to improve security at prisons statewide.

But a new report from State Inspector General, Catherine Leahy Scott, found ongoing security lapses that continued at least through last year.

We all hope for a little peace at the end of life, for ourselves and for our loved ones. Hospice services can play a big role, relieving pain and providing spiritual and emotional support. But a federal report published Tuesday synthesized patient and Medicare payment data going back to 2005 and found that, while patients generally can count on hospice to relieve their suffering, some hospice providers are bilking Medicare and neglecting patients.

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The unending saga of the Russians and the 2016 election is continuing to spin. A local man involved in Republican politics is now telling a House committee and special counsel he met with a Russian offering to sell dirt on Hillary Clinton, but he had forgotten about it until recently.

An Alden woman has pleaded guilty to third degree welfare fraud in State Supreme Court. She is one of three women -  all childhood acquaintances - who were charged with fraudulently receiving more than $107,000 in welfare benefits while earning more than a half-million dollars income as aides for an elderly West Seneca woman.

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As millions of Americans finalize their Thanksgiving travel plans, a new report is revealing what Sen. Chuck Schumer calls "deeply alarming" facts about the effectiveness of Transportation Security Administration screening at U.S. airports.

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Federal officials say New York state paid out $1.4 billion in Medicaid funds to care providers who did not follow the state's rules.

NF woman pleads guilty to stealing by fraud

Sep 6, 2017

A Niagara Falls woman has pleaded guilty to forging her mother's signature in order to get her deceased stepfather's death benefits.

More than one-quarter of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to the police, according to an alert released Monday morning by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.

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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Federal auditors say New York improperly used as much as $150 million in grants to set up its insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care law and enroll people for coverage.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to expedite its food recall process.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high code of ethics, and that includes officials at the State Thruway Authority.

Acting chair of the New York State Thruway Authority, Donna Luh, says she was never made aware of an investigation of high-level Thruway officials by the State Inspector General.

A state employee was working for the Taxation and Finance Department and as officer-in-charge of the Ellicottville Police Department and billing both for some of the same hours and using his state car in police work.

Revenue Officer Larry Graham worked out of the Buffalo office but spent his time in the Southern Tier where his office told Inspector General's investigators they could always reach him.