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Crime
3:29 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Skelos Surrenders On Corruption Charges

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, left, and his son Adam arrive at FBI offices, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.
Credit (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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Culture
10:05 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Book Review: The Mysteries Of Soldiers Grove

  

A new novel published by The Permanent Press in Sag Harbor, Long Island is a unique mix of a love story wrapped around a thriller. 

Joan Baum has this review of The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove. 

The title of 81-year old Paul Zimmer’s debut novel, The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove, is a kind of tease. The story’s not about “soldiers,” but two elderly characters, Cyril and Louise,  who live in what Cyril calls a “geezer home.”  That’s an assisted-living facility in Soldiers Grove, a small town in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Government
1:48 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Conn. Lawmakers Respond To Malloy's Budget

File Photo- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Update: April 30- The Connecticut Legislature's Finance Committee has approved a plan that includes tax hikes of $1.8 billion over two years.

The plan increases the income tax rate for Connecticut's wealthiest residents. It also lowers the overall sales tax rate, but extends it to new services, like accounting, dry cleaning, and veterinary services.

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Government
2:30 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluations Be Put Off For Another Year?

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch speaks during a meeting in Albany.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Less than a month after it was enacted, Governor Cuomo’s new teacher evaluation plan seems to be in jeopardy, with the Regents Chancellor calling for a year’s delay and a key senator saying the legislature needs to revisit the issue.

When Cuomo convinced the legislature to approve a new teacher evaluation system that relies more on standardized tests,  his administration said that the State Board of Regents would have very limited power to make any changes, including compliance with a November deadline to come up with new performance reviews.

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Government
3:43 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Cloud Of Corruption Hangs Over Capitol As Legislature Returns

N.Y. Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The New York State Legislature returns for the second half of the legislative session, once again under a cloud of corruption, and with numerous unsettled issues.

The session begins Tuesday, after the spring break, and this time it’s the leader of the Senate who is the focus of a federal corruption probe. State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos confirmed that he’s the target of an investigation, after the New York Times reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has convened a grand jury that is looking into some of the Senator’s business dealings, as well as those of his son.

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