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Albany – Gov. Cuomo Wants To Suspend Drivers Licenses Of Those Who Owe $5K In Taxes

February 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Albany – Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to lower the financial threshold from $10,000 to $5,000 for a current law that states anyone who owes those amounts in back taxes will get their licenses suspended. NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1KGUmr4) reports since the original law went into effect in 2013, almost 14,000 delinquent taxpayers have paid more than $125 million. Cuomo believes lowering...

Cranbury, NJ – 15 Vehicles Involved In New Jersey Wreck; 1 Person Dead

February 9, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Cranbury, NJ - A New Jersey highway pileup involving 15 or more vehicles including box trucks and a bus has left at least one person dead and several others injured. The accident occurred Monday night during a mix of rain and snow flurries and below-freezing temperatures on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, a township just southwest of New York City. The vehicles involved in the crash...

New York – Building Inspection Probe Expected To Charge 50 Contractors Of Bribery

February 9, 2015 at 10:36 PM
New York – New York City inspectors and contractors are expected to be charged on Tuesday after a yearlong investigation uncovered bribery. According to the NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1A765PW) the city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. plan to announce charges on Tuesday against approximately 50 defendants regarding a...

Airport City, Israel – SodaStream Looks To Flavored Waters As Consumers Shun Sugary Drinks

February 9, 2015 at 10:31 PM
Airport City, Israel - Facing new competition from the expected launch of Keurig Green Mountain Inc's (GMCR.O) at-home soda machine in 2015, top player SodaStream International (SODA.O) is seeking to appeal to increasingly health-oriented consumers. As U.S. demand for sweet soft drinks declines, SodaStream in October cut its 2014 revenue and profit forecast and said it would close a...

New York – Bronx Politics Next On The List Of FBI Investigations

February 9, 2015 at 10:29 PM
New York – The FBI is investigating voter fraud and financial misconduct in The Bronx. According to The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1A7jaJ2), the focus may be on Carl Heastie, who took over the position of speaker of the New York Assembly last week after former speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the position after being arrested on corruption charges. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough...

Jerusalem – Israeli Company To Build 20-hour-Per-Day Solar Power Plant

February 9, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Brenmiller Energy said on Monday it will build a 300 million shekel ($77.27 million) solar power field using an energy storage technology that will generate electricity for about 20 hours a day. The 10-megawatt field, to be built on about 110 acres (45 hectares) in the desert town of Dimona in southern Israel, will combine existing solar thermal technology with an...

New York – NYC Adding Truck Side Guards As Safety Measure

February 9, 2015 at 08:36 PM
New York - New York City is launching a measure designed to keep pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists from getting trapped under a truck in a collision. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city will start retrofitting more than 200 of its trucks with side guards this year. Side guards are rails between the front and rear wheels of a truck. The mayor says the expansion to 240...

New York – ABC Beats Brian Williams’ Newscast In Ratings Friday

February 9, 2015 at 08:09 PM
New York - Brian Williams took a pounding in the ratings for his final night on the air before stepping aside as NBC looks into misstatements made by its top anchor, although day-to-day variations in viewership make it difficult to conclude whether that was because news consumers were losing faith in him. The Nielsen company said ABC's "World News Tonight" had 8.46 million viewers on Friday...

New York – Debate Brews Over Whether Williams Can Survive Controversy

February 9, 2015 at 07:00 PM
New York - A vigorous debate over Brian Williams' future is brewing as "NBC Nightly News" airs Monday without the decade-long anchor. Some critics suggest that Williams, who apologized last week for falsely claiming that he was in helicopter that had been hit by a grenade while in Iraq in 2003, should be fired. Others wonder if commerce will win out, since Williams has kept "Nightly News" at...

New York – Mayor de Blasio Unveils Preliminary $77.4 Billion Budget

February 9, 2015 at 06:29 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is unveiling a $77.7 billion preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget, which de Blasio announced Monday at City Hall, would take effect July 1 and must be approved by the City Council. It increases overall spending to $58.8 billion, up $2 billion from a year ago. It reflects a relatively strong local economy and does not...

Seattle – Mumps Outbreak Linked To Idaho University Spreads To Washington State

February 9, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Seattle - An outbreak of mumps that started at an Idaho university and infected 21 people across the state has now spread to neighboring Washington state, health officials said on Monday. The spread of mumps, a highly contagious virus that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, comes as a wider measles outbreak has infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in...

Albany, NY – NY Senate Democrats: Ban Outside Income For Lawmakers

February 9, 2015 at 05:36 PM
Albany, NY - Democrats in the New York state Senate want to put a tight limit on lawmakers' incomes to reduce corruption in Albany. Under the proposal announced Monday, lawmakers could make $12,000 in outside income. The limit is similar to one imposed on Congress, and would increase whenever the legislative base salary of $79,500 goes up. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: I’m As Responsible For Silver As Obama Is For Weiner

February 9, 2015 at 04:54 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he can't be blamed for the corruption charges that prompted state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign any more than President Barack Obama can be blamed for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (WEE'-nurz) sexting scandal. The governor says in a profile in The New Yorker published online Monday the charges against Silver relate to the acts...

Washington – Obama Faces Tough Sell To Get New War Powers To Fight IS

February 9, 2015 at 04:32 PM
Washington - The White House is struggling to reconcile demands from Democrats against using U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State militants with those Republicans who want to leave that option open, congressional officials said Monday as lawmakers awaited an administration proposal for new war powers to battle the extremists. As early as Tuesday, Obama is expected to send Capitol Hill his...

New York – US Measles Count Rises To 121; Most Linked To Disneyland

February 9, 2015 at 04:01 PM
New York - Health officials say the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year. All but 18 of the cases are tied to an outbreak that started at the Disneyland amusement park in California. Until recently, it was unusual to see more than 100 cases a year in the United States. Measles are most commonly seen in winter and early spring, brought in by foreign visitors or...

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