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Expanded bottle bill might improve glass recycling but add headaches and costs

(Provided by New York Wine & Grape Foundation)

A proposed law that would extend New York’s bottle bill to wine and liquor bottles could increase recycling of glass significantly and create a cleaner stream of recycled glass, potentially making it easier to find end users in a tight ...

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Proposed liquor law change would enable movie theaters to sell craft beer

The Little Theatre and other movie theaters would be able to sell alcohol beverages to moviegoers under a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Provided)

Two companies with movie theaters in Brooklyn and Yonkers offer full meals — with alcohol — for customers to consume while they watch their movies. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a chain based based in Austin, Texas, and Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema are ...

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Cuomo proposes new felony charge for child abuse

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed making criminal child abuse a felony, saying abusers too often don’t go to prison even after disturbing violent crimes. The governor, among many initiatives proposed for the coming year, says national data show ...

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New laws in ’16 show states diverging on guns, voting

Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to ...

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NYSBA’s top priority for ’16: Fund the courts

Adequate funding for the courts at both the state and federal levels is one of the New York State Bar Association’ top legislative priorities for 2016. Also topping the list at the state level are access to justice for the ...

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Key Assemblyman sees NY legalizing daily fantasy sports

ALBANY — The chairman of the Assembly committee with authority over gambling predicts New York will legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports, noting many residents already play it online. Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Committee on Racing and ...

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Senators demand transparency in military justice system

WASHINGTON — Responding to an Associated Press investigation, three U.S. senators on Tuesday urged Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to lift what they called the military justice system’s “cloak of secrecy” and make records from sex crimes cases readily accessible. In ...

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Cuomo, Schumer: Federal transportation bill good for NY

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer say the recently passed federal transportation bill includes more than $16 billion for bridges, highways and transit systems around the state. Cuomo says Friday that the five-year plan is ...

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NY lawmakers to hold meeting on synthetic marijuana

SYRACUSE — A group of lawmakers in New York state say the state needs to do more to fight synthetic marijuana. The state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference plans to hold a public hearing Thursday in Syracuse focusing on the health ...

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Health co-op failure leaves doctors owed millions

NEW YORK — The sudden collapse of the largest nonprofit insurance cooperative created by President Obama’s health care law is causing headaches in New York, especially for medical providers owed millions of dollars for treating the failed plan’s patients. More ...

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