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Panel led by Common Core supporter
6:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cuomo's Common Core panel evenly divided

IBM International Foundation president Stanley Litow will chair New York panel evaluating Common Core implementation. File photo, 2005
Credit AP/John Smock

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced appointments Friday to the panel he established to re-evaluate the state's implementation of Common Core.  The panel is about evenly split between supporters and critics of the new, more rigorous teaching standards.  

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Reimbursements rate deemed too low
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Obamacare not yet accepted at Stony Brook

Stony Brook Hospital is one of two New York hospitals not accepting any insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act
Credit Charles Lane

Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange.  But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent.  Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.

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No. 1 priority is also "extraordinarily expensive"
12:15 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bellone pitches expensive sewer plan

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (file)
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a teleconference Monday night with some 10,000 Suffolk residents in order to draw attention to an issue he says is the number one priority of his administration: combating water pollution. Bellone spoke for about an hour and took a handful of questions.  

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'We'll have to cut K-12 to add pre-k'
9:20 am
Mon January 27, 2014

LI schools displeased with pre-k plan

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to add pre-k despite skepticism from school administrators
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten.  This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program.  But  schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant. 

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$1.5m snow moving train is digging ditches
5:55 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

LIRR's 'Darth Vader' yet to make snow debut

Dubbed "Darth Vader" this $1.5 million train has so far only been used to dig ditches.
Credit Courtesy of MTA

Even with all the snow on Long Island this week, the Long Island Rail Road still hasn't called out its secret snow-clearing weapon.  In fact, said snow weapon hasn't seen active snow duty yet.    

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