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6:23 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

NY teacher of year complains about student testing at hearing

At a Senate hearing on New York state’s new Common Core educational standards Wednesday, teachers, principals and Senators themselves complained that the implementation has been dysfunctional. 

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3/4 of a million tickets in 2011
5:39 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Red light cameras reducing accidents 40%

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A lot of Long Islanders have gotten tickets for ignoring red lights.   

There were nearly 740,000 citations in 2011, the last year for which data is available.  That's one in three drivers. 

The cameras have resulted in some $30 million dollars a year in revenue for both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Connecticut has flirted with the idea of installing red light cameras, but none so far.  

WSHU recently had a looked at the data behind the cameras on Long Island and reports that,  though people may resent paying the fine, they do make intersections safer.  

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Environmental scorecard
5:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Environmentalists rate Conn. lawmakers; One pushes back

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters issued a report card Tuesday, grading Connecticut lawmakers on environmental issues. The report says the League is happy with new bond funding for sewage treatment upgrades and open space acquisition.  But the report says the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection remains “dangerously underfunded.” 

Kirsten Griebel of the League says one area of energy policy needs attention.

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Stamford Public Schools
4:49 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

As Stamford considers 5th graders to middle school, New Canaan shows model

Yesterday we aired a story about how Stamford school administrators are currently considering the option of moving its fifth graders to the middle schools because of an oncoming space crunch. The idea has been criticized by many parents who say their children aren’t ready. But the option isn’t that radical. One nearby school district successfully made the transition nearly 20 years ago. 

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First budget with PSEG at helm
6:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

LIPA delivers rate freeze with cuts and grants

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The Long Island Power Authority announced a $3.5 billion budget Tuesday.  That’s $72 million less than last year before New Jersey-based PSEG took over near all operations.  Deep cuts were made to deliver on promises of a rate freeze.   

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