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10:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Thousands Rally For More Charter Schools

Charter School Rally in Albany.
Credit Jenna Flanagan

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to Albany for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip. They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.

Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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"most don't even know they were shortchanged"
9:46 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

FEMA Settles 160 Superstorm Sandy Claims, But 200 More Surface

People wade and paddle down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tentatively settled insurance claims with 160 Superstorm Sandy victims, who allege engineering firms altered damage estimates. Meanwhile, lawyers say roughly 200 new policyholders say their reports were also changed.

FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program which, allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.

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Education
7:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Finding A Second Chance In Conn.'s New Manufacturing Landscape

HCC student Ed Daniels watches as a fellow student works on a class project.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

An expanding community college program in Connecticut is promising lots of jobs to students in the field of advanced manufacturing: a range of work that requires that requires the latest and most advanced technology and more precision than traditional manufacturing. Government officials and businesses see it as a second chance to for the state be a nationwide manufacturing player – and some students are betting it’ll give them a second chance, too.

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News
3:02 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

WSHU Reporter Goes Home To Help Sub-Saharan Africa Tell Its Own Stories

WSHU's Ebong Udoma in front of the Gotel Studios
Credit Ebong Udoma

WSHU’s Ebong Udoma has been an award winning journalist for more than 20 years.

Ebong is our Connecticut State Capitol reporter, and has covered presidential visits, high profile political races, and municipal corruption trials, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland.

He also covered the political transitions in Nigeria in1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

Ebong is back in his native Nigeria for the next few months to work on a new media project called Gotel Africa.

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Culture
1:30 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Book Review: Jackson Pollock

Time Magazine once called painter Jackson Pollock “Jack the Dripper.” The name describes Pollock’s well known style of paint-flinging and pour-it-out-of-the-can art.

In the mid-20th century, Pollock was criticized for his vision. Book critic Joan Baum says a new book about Pollock puts the artist and his work in proper perspective.

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