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9:18 am
Tue April 1, 2014

After marathon voting session, NY lawmakers pass budget

The windows of the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol are illuminated as lawmakers worked into the evening on the state budget on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

State Lawmakers in New York passed a $140 billion budget on Monday night just before a midnight deadline. But it wasn't without controversy.

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Access Health CT seeing biggest day yet
6:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Conn. health exchange sees increase in interest as deadline arrives

Monday is the deadline to register for Connecticut’s health care exchange – the state’s insurance program that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Kevin Counihan, the CEO of the exchange, which is called Access Health Connecticut. Counihan says enrollment has been heavy.

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Javier Martinez remembered by classmates
6:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Blumenthal speaks to classmates of New Haven shooting victim

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal at Common Ground High School in New Haven on Monday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut visited a New Haven school on Monday and spoke with classmates of Javier Martinez, who was killed by gunfire in December. The students said they want to do something to prevent more gun violence.

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LI gets near 6% increase in ed funding
5:20 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State budget "OK" for Long Island schools

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) answers reporter questions following budget session
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Albany lawmakers are voting on a blizzard of budget bills that were hammered out over the weekend. The budget includes money for a property tax rebate for homeowners and a number of education initiatives. While many are satisfied with the education funding some more satisfied than others.

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No baseline without test takers
4:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Common Core optouts reach critical number

State Education Commissioner John King, Jr., listens to a speaker during a forum on Common Core learning reforms.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Educators on Long Island say the number of students and parents opting-out of taking standardized state tests this week is growing. The numbers are so high the tests could be deemed invalid.  

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