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Our music takes flight this morning with Paul Desenne's Bird Quintet, and pieces by Brahms and Josef Strauss inspired by birds.

Beethoven repaid one of his most supportive patrons, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, by dedicating his amiable Piano Trio Op. 97 to the Duke. We'll enjoy it tonight.

Oyster Bay Bans Plywood From 'Zombie Homes'

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On Long Island, the Town of Oyster Bay has banned the use of plywood to cover windows and doors on foreclosed “zombie homes,” in an attempt to eliminate the boarded-up eyesores in its neighborhoods.

The new law went into effect last week and requires the use of polycarbonate, a strong, clear plastic, to cover windows on the foreclosed homes.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino says the new law addresses quality of life concerns caused by vacant homes.

Traffic Deaths Down 22% On Long Island

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Fewer people died on Long Island roads last year, with traffic deaths down 22 percent from 2016. Islandwide, deaths dropped from 218 to 171 in 2017. 

There were 94 crashes that killed 100 people in Suffolk, and 66 crashes that killed 71 people in Nassau. 

Police officials tell Newsday that the decrease in deaths is the result of increased patrols, better driver education, and improved roadway engineering. 

But, they say that texting while driving is still a problem. 

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Connecticut’s Office of Policy Management says the state’s overall prison population is dropping.

About 13,500 inmates currently make up Connecticut’s prison population, down from an all-time high of nearly 20,000 inmates in 2008. OPM says by this time next year, it predicts the state will have the lowest prison population it’s had in 25 years.

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Public hearings begin Tuesday on a proposed fare increase for Metro-North Railroad, as the state is looking to make up an estimated $60 million budget shortfall in transit and rail accounts.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation proposal would raise Metro-North fares more than 21 percent over three years. Bus fares would increase by 25 cents in July. The plan also cuts back some train service.

The Department would also impose significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East.

Robert and Clara Schumann had a very forward-looking marriage for the 19th century. Clara would often be away performing on tour for long stretches while Robert stayed home with the children. Today we'll enjoy the Piano Concerto Robert wrote for his beloved Clara.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. says President Trump’s proposed budget would slash funds for gun background check systems already in place.

Schumer says the proposed budget would cut $12 million from federal programs that help states and local governments keep track of who is not eligible to own a gun.

He says it’s a 16 percent cut, which would cripple the background check system.

Schumer accused the administration of trying to gut the checks.

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Seven African-American and Hispanic families filed a civil rights lawsuit against Connecticut and Hartford officials on Thursday. The families are challenging race-based student quotas at the city's magnet schools, saying hundreds of seats in the schools are unfilled because of a complicated formula imposed on the city,  following the landmark school desegregation case Sheff v. O’Neill.

Tonight Alice Sara Ott gives us a fresh take on Tchaikovsky's monumental Piano Concerto No. 1.