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1:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Makes Dream Act Top Priority

A woman holds a sign during a New York Dream Act news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. on February 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

Speaker Heastie  says when it comes to helping young New Yorkers with paying for college, there’s a double standard.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Conn. Struggling To Meet EPA Ozone Standards

Traffic on I-95 in Connecticut
Credit (AP Photo/Bob Child)

As cars and trucks rumble on I-95 near Connecticut’s shoreline, they spew emissions into the air. On hot summer days, those emissions, along with the emissions from power plants and factories, cook in the sun, which turns them into ozone. Ozone is the chief component in smog.

Southern Connecticut’s ozone is some of the worst in the nation, and, while it’s much better than it was back in the 1980’s, it’s been getting worse.

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Superstorm Sandy recovery
1:07 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted

Kathy Hanlon and her sons, Sergio (left) and Cristian, were traumatized by Superstorm Sandy. Hanlon says her flood insurance company made life after Sandy even more horrible
Credit Charles Lane/WSHU

After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Kathy Hanlon's life crumbled. Her Long Beach, N.Y., home had no electricity, her family was traumatized and one of her sons was getting sick. On top of that, there was the bureaucratic maze of flood insurance.

"I cried many times because I was so angry when I got off the phone with the insurance company," Hanlon says. "It was demeaning. We had to send them things repeatedly. We had to wait for phone calls. We had to wait for people to come visit the house."

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54 percent spike in abandoned homes
9:59 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

NY Attorney General Introducing Bill To Combat Rise Of 'Zombie' Properties

New York's metro area has the highest number of "zombie" foreclosures in the country.
Credit Chart courtesy of RealtyTrac

Long Island is experiencing a spike in "zombie" homes—properties that are often abandoned after their owners receive a notice of foreclosure. They can fall into disrepair, reducing the values of surrounding property and serving as magnets for crime and vandalism.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is re-introducing legislation to combat the rise of abandoned properties. The bill is aimed at closing the gap of responsibility when a homeowner defaults.

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Government
6:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Sandy Hook Commission Releases Draft Of Its Recommendations

Scott Jackson, Chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, center, listens as committee member Dr. Alice M. Forrester, right, speaks, during a meeting of the commission at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will present a full report to Malloy next month. Malloy formed the commission after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. For two years, they've been meeting regularly, discussing gun violence, mental health and school safety. They released a draft version of that final report on Thursday.

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