Health & Environment
12:32 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Tick season is upon us

Springtime is finally upon us again and as people head back outside to enjoy the outdoors they increase their chances of getting bit by a tick.

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Health & Environment
9:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "keystone" moment

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.   

A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.

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Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

Legislation & Policy
3:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

April 15th marks assault weapons registration deadline

April 15th , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.  

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Legislation & Policy
5:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill of Rights for adoptees pushed in Albany

  Some adoptees, and some biological parents for that matter, go their whole lives without knowing each other.  There is legislation, if passed, that could change that here in New York. 

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Legislation & Policy
8:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

State gaming commission hears testimony on problem gambling

The state gaming commission is holding hearings on  the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York State over the next several years.

Among those testifying, James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt that the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.   

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.