On New York's ballot next month will be six referendums to change the state constitution. The most talked about proposition asks voters if they want Las Vegas-style gambling. Several propositions delve into the minutia of government operations: giving war veterans additional access to government employment, helping local governments borrow money for sewer construction, and also allowing the state to make some land trades. The last referendum asks voters when judges should be forced to retire.
There have been several news reports in recent days that portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission as losing its independence. Government reform groups say they are worried the Moreland Commission is losing its way.
Yale Professor James E. Rothman, is one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for medicine announced on Monday. The award is for research on how key substances are transported within cells. He shares the prize with Randy Shekman of the University of California, Berkeley and Thomas Sudhof of Stanford University. Rothman credits funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research.