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PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

NEW YORK – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's air...Read More

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PHOTO: A staffer from State Sen. Jack Martins' office exchanged words with several dozen Long Islanders who delivered so-called "Road Block Awards" to the senator's office in Mineola. Photo credit: Elana Levin/Make the Road Action Fund.

NEW YORK - Several dozen Long Island women, parents, workers and immigrants showed up at State Senator Jack Martins' office Wednesday to deliver so-called "Road Block Awards." Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says Martins is voting in lockstep with GOP leadership in the state ...Read More

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PHOTO: The union representing New York's public school teachers says the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, is being violated. They claim the Department of Education prevents them from discussing test questions under restraints accompanying Common Core implementation. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's Public School teachers are being "gagged" in violation of their First Amendment rights, according to their statewide union, which is suing the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The lawsuit, brought by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), zeroes in on non-disc...Read More

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PHOTO: Rebate checks for many New York families may already be in the mail, and AARP and other consumer advocates warn residents to be on the lookout for scam artists who may call claiming they can help recipients get their checks more quickly. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

NEW YORK - Checks will soon be in the mail for many New Yorkers who are due tax rebates from the state, and consumer advocates warn this is a prime time to be on guard for scammers. According to Chris Widelo, associate state director of AARP New York, many families who have at least one dependent a...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report says brushing up on tech skills will provide the best income growth potential in 2015. Assistant Professor Matthew Curinga at Adelphi University says advanced degrees will give you a bigger advantage. Credit S. Grossman

NEW YORK - How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A new report indicates the answer for some could be a career change. Technology careers are paying big dividends compared with other job sectors. The report from human resources consulting firm Robert Half International, projects almost a six-pe...Read More

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PHOTO: Faulty ramps to emergency shelters should become things of the past when the next disaster strikes New York City, thanks to a settlement agreement delivered to a federal judge in New York. Photo courtesy CIDNY.

NEW YORK - A federal judge's decision will produce radical and life-saving changes in the way New York responds to natural disasters, according to local advocates. Federal Judge Jesse Furman on Tuesday accepted a settlement agreement that mandates big changes in the way New York City responds to na...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Almost two years since Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York, many displaced homeowners are dismayed at what they see as a snail's pace being maintained by New York Rising, the state agency disbursing federal disaster funds. Map credit: Cyclonebiskit/Wikimedia Commons.

LONG BEACH, N.Y. – Next month, the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy arrives. Many displaced homeowners in New York are dismayed at what they call the snail's pace of New York Rising, the state agency disbursing federal disaster funds. Sherry Graber says her flood-damaged house in Lon...Read More

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PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK - Thousands of people took part in the People's Climate March Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and the world. From the staging area at Columbus Circle, the marchers filled Central Park West as far as the eye could see. Stepping off around 1 p.m., ...Read More

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