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State program still years away
4:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NY asks feds to bring in out-of-state medical marijuana

Politicians and supporters celebrate after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, signed a ceremonial bill to establish a medical marijuana program in New York.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.

In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.

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Second federal lawsuit pending
10:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Imprisoned 17 years, Tankleff wins $3M settlement

Martin Tankleff smiles during a 2008 press conference
Credit AP

A man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his own parents has won a $3.3 million dollar settlement against the State of New York.  This is the first of two lawsuits filed by Martin Tankleff.  

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30 years of leaky fuel tanks
5:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk Settles $2 million environmental lawsuit

Suffolk County settled another lawsuit with the US Attorney's office Wednesday.  This latest one will cost tax payers $2-million for environmental violations stemming from underground storage tanks owned by the county.

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Advocates: "victims more willing to go to police"
5:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Suffolk hate crimes triple after reclassification

Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announcing the creation of a national coalition for immigration reform. Many critics blame Levy for the under reporting of hate crimes. Levy refutes this.
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The number of hate crimes in New York State jumped 30% in 2012 compared to the year prior.  That’s from a state report released Thursday that says most of the statewide increase is attributed to Suffolk County property crimes classified as hate crimes.

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Terrorism on the South Shore
3:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

2nd LI man arrested on terrosim charges

The US Attorney’s Office arrested a Brentwood, Long Island man this morning on charges of attempting to join Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.   This is the second similar arrest this year.

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