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The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Nurses say optimal staffing levels improve patient outcomes. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assigning too many patients to a single nurse can be dangerous. That's the message nurses want state legislators to hear. Nurses from across the state are calling for passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bipartisan bill has almost 100 co-sponsors in the State Asse

The Senate Finance Committee has passed the Comptroller's Clean Contracting Bill. (wadester16/Flickr)

NEW YORK – It's time to clean up the way the state of New York awards contracts, according to leading watchdog groups that gathered in Albany on Wednesday. State and federal prosecutors say bids for $800 million in state contracts were rigged in the largest scandal of its kind in New York hi

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers document rights violations at protests. (Thomas Altfather Good/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK – With May Day demonstrations taking place in cities across the country Monday, the National Lawyers Guild is fielding on-the-ground legal support in case of arrests. Organizers are calling it a national day of protest against Trump administration policies on everything from the env

A new report says granting DACA status increases employment rates and workers' wages, and contributes substantially to state tax coffers. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants who arrived as children contribute millions in tax dollars to New York, according to a new report. The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be depo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. (Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Tomorrow is Earth Day and, though efforts to fight climate change are under attack in the nation's capital, here in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high marks for his clean-energy initiatives. However, some in the environmental community say he needs to do more. They give C

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

Forty-seven people died from the 2013 derailment of an oil train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. (Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Thousands of New Yorkers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject two projects that would increase the flow of crude oil through Albany. A letter signed by more than 3,500 New Yorkers asked the governor to deny permits for construction of an oil facility at the Port of Albany, and th

Shelter allowances for people on public assistance fall far short of the cost of housing. (sinzicraciun0/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — Advocates for homeless New Yorkers say a proposal now in the state Legislature could drastically reduce and prevent homelessness across the state. There now are about 60,000 people living in homeless shelters in New York, and the cost of keeping a family in a welfare hotel can be

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