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  • Per diem reform could be on a special session agenda

    State lawmakers are pushing for their first pay raise in fifteen years, and they say in exchange, they might even be willing to give up the practice of a daily stipend for each day they spend in Albany, known as per diems, that has sometimes led to abuse.

    Legislators receive $172 dollars for every day that they spend in Albany, above normal travel and lodging expenses, and in addition to their $79,500 a year base pay.

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  • Health & Environment
  • Cancer Society say NYS underspends on anti smoking programs

    On the anniversary of the Great American smoke out, a leading anti cancer group says Governor Cuomo’s Administration should be spending more to cut back on smoking.

    The American Cancer Society’s Michael Burgess says while the Centers for Disease Control recommends New York State spend $200 million dollars a year on tobacco cessation programs, the current state budget has just under $40 million dollars allotted for it. Burgess says in the past, it’s been demonstrated that spending the money on things like a smokers quit line works.

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  • Health & Environment
  • Report critical of Cuomo adm attempts to get clean water loan for Tappan Zee Bridge project

    An independent review board has found fault with the Cuomo Administration’s attempts to convert a federal clean water fund loan into construction work for the Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge.

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  • How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

    There's no question that dealing with mortgages, car payments and other bills takes up time and energy. But having a tight budget may also zap our ability to think clearly, scientists report Thursday in the journal Science.

    In a series of clever experiments involving farmers in India and shoppers in New Jersey, scientists found that people are worse at solving puzzles — similar to those on the IQ test — when they're first reminded of money problems.

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  • The Two-Way
  • IRS Will Recognize All Legal Same-Sex Marriages

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced on Thursday that when it comes to federal tax purposes, same-sex couples who have legally married will be treated the same as straight married couples, no matter what state they reside in now.

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  • The Two-Way
  • Report: Spy Agencies' 'Black Budget' Reveals Intelligence Gaps

    The Washington Post on Thursday reports on U.S. spy agencies' $52.6 billion secret budget for fiscal year 2013, a document that reveals significant "blind spots" obscuring the intentions and motives of U.S. friends and foes alike.

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