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NY to Limit Acceptance of Welfare Debit Cards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's new budget contains amendments to social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling or strippers.

The measure, scheduled to take effect at the end of May, prohibits gaming facilities, liquor stores, adult entertainment venues and some other retail outlets from accepting electronic benefit transfers from public assistance recipients

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Casino License Applicants Have Two Weeks to Pay $1 Million

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Applicants for one of the four upstate New York casino licenses have less than two weeks to pay their $1 million application fee.

The state casino siting board on Thursday said a mandatory conference for applicants will be held in Albany on April 30

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Herkimer County Sergeant Wins National Award

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A member of the New York Air National Guard has been named the Air National Guard's Honor Guard Program Member of the Year.

New York National Guard officials say Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough of West Winfield in Herkimer County has won the national award for her dedication to performing honor guard duties while assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector

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Gillibrand Seeks Funds to Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among 10 senators seeking new federal funding to battle campus sexual assaults.

Gillibrand and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released a bipartisan letter Friday to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education

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NY State Tackles Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has decided that starting next year, patients will be protected against surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy. The measure, signed into law this week, is scheduled to take effect next April 1st

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NY Students Begin Statewide English Assessments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It's testing time for New York students.

On Tuesday, students in grades 3 through 8 will start on the statewide English language arts assessments. They'll spend a little under 1 ½ hours a day for three consecutive days, finishing Thursday

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Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories Throughout Central NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings and winter weather advisories for central New York as a storm brings heavy rain, along with snow and ice through parts of the state.

A flood watch was in effect through Sunday evening and

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