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MetroNorth
3:45 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Congress' 2014 appropriations bill includes $185M for rail inspectors

U-S Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday there’s funding in the upcoming Omnibus Appropriations bill to hire 45 additional rail inspectors nationwide. But rail commuter advocates say that's far short of the $1B needed for capital improvements on Metro-North to make it safe. 

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NY begins legislative session
10:02 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NY lawmakers urged to expand access to medical marijuana

Monday was the first full session of the New York State Legislature and supporters of medical marijuana attended an Assembly hearing in support of a limited plan put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  However, a number of obstacles remain in front of Cuomo’s plan.

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"Sacred Harping"
9:25 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Community embraces "Sacred Harp" singing

Music from the "The Sacred Harp" contains notes of different shapes like squares and triangles setting it apart from traditional music as shown in this illustration from the Sacred Harp book.
Credit AP Photo/Brian Kersey

Every Tuesday evening, singers assemble in a Yale University basement, sit facing each other in square, and sing 19th century religious music.

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Snowy owls in Connecticut
2:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Trying to count every bird in North America

Photo by Don Morgan

You may have heard the expression “herding cats”… well, every year, the Audubon Society tries
something equally difficult. They try to count all the birds in North America. And this year, there's a surprise in Connecticut: snowy owls.

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Senator calls for limits on NSA
11:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Blumenthal hopeful President Obama will announce changes to NSA

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs.
Credit AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is optimistic President Obama is looking at ways to reign in the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. The Connecticut Democrat was one several senators who met with the president at the White House last week.

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