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New York Fracking Foes Question Campaign Donations

Groups fighting fracking in New York state are calling for an investigation into campaign contributions by interests supporting natural gas drilling.

Some members of Citizen Action and the Sierra Club are pointing to a study they say shows more than $14 million was donated by pro-fracking interests to candidates and campaign committees

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Broome Developmental Center To Close

New York State officials say Broome Developmental Center in the town of Dickinson will be closed in less than three years.

The Glenwood Road facility employs nearly 700 people and serves 166 people

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Binghamton Psychiatric Facility To Close

The Greater Binghamton Health Center is expected to be shut down in the coming year.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has announced plans to close several facilities, including the site on Binghamton's East Side

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Broome Libraries To Receive Construction Grants

Libraries in Broome County will benefit from some funding being made available by New York State.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says about $88,000 has been approved for local libraries under a construction grant program

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35 Pounds Of Yogurt For Each New Yorker!

Yogurt production in New York state rose 25 percent last year, according to figures released by the state.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, New York yogurt processors churned out 692 million pounds of yogurt in 2012, compared to 554 million pounds in the previous year

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DiNapoli: Budget Process Lacked Transparency

New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gives Governor Cuomo and the legislature credit for finishing work on the budget before the fiscal year started Monday.

But DiNapoli is withholding final judgment on the specifics in the package approved by the Senate and Assembly last week

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New York Ranked Last In Freedom Study

A just-released study suggest Americans who like freedom might not love New York.

The Freedom in the 50 States study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University puts New York last after assessing an assortment of issues that affect perceived freedom.

Study co-author Jason Sorens is an assistant professor in the SUNY Buffalo

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Libous: Budget Talks Continue on Specific Issues

There's a conceptual agreement on a New York state budget but plenty of details still have to be addressed before a final spending plan is adopted by lawmakers.

Senator Thomas Libous says among the issues to be determined is the size of funding cuts for programs that help New Yorkers with disabilities

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Lupardo Concerned About School District Finances

The financial situation facing many New York state school districts is worsening and officials are publicly worrying about what might happen if districts can't pay their bills.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she meets regularly with local school officials

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Video Portrays A Pro-Fracking Cuomo As Hitler

A parody video posted on YouTube depicting a pro-fracking Governor Andrew Cuomo as Adolf Hitler is generating controversy.

The video uses about three-and-a-half minutes of a 2004 film called "Downfall

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