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Report: NY Legislature passed fewer bills in 2016 than 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers passed fewer bills during the 2016 session than in past year, continuing a trend in recent years. This year 618 pieces of legislation passed the full Legislature before lawmakers adjourned in June. In 2015 they passed 718 bills. The data comes from an analysis released Friday by the New York Public Interest Research Group, which examined the results of the legislative session following its adjournment. While the number of bills passed each year has...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities say that the new, enhanced computer program for recognizing faces at the state Department of Motor Vehicles has led to more than 100 arrests since January and 900 open cases.

The system is used against identity theft and fraud and to keep high-risk drivers off the road by helping identify people applying for driver's licenses under false names.

According to the DMV, it doubles the number of measurement points mapped to each digitized driver photograph to 128, better enabling it to match existing photos in the department's database.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials in New York are marking the start of fall college classes with a series of campus fire safety inspections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said Friday personnel from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control will inspect both private and public colleges and universities.

Authorities will also conduct training sessions for residence hall assistants, college staff and students.

In the past year nearly 27,000 inspections have taken place at campuses across the state.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi this past week.

She'll be in charge of developing and implementing the department's privacy policies and investigating security breaches.

Akinyemi has experience as the privacy officer at the state Office of Information Technology Services, where she also was an attorney.

As players rose to stand for the national anthem at the 49ers-Packers game on Friday night, 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointedly remained seated.

His gesture was to protest the treatment of African Americans and minorities in the United States, as he told NFL.com after the game. Kaepernick has remained sitting during the anthem "in at least one other preseason game," according to the site.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers passed fewer bills during the 2016 session than in past year, continuing a trend in recent years.

This year 618 pieces of legislation passed the full Legislature before lawmakers adjourned in June.

In 2015 they passed 718 bills.

The data comes from an analysis released Friday by the New York Public Interest Research Group, which examined the results of the legislative session following its adjournment.

The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has launched a multimedia campaign to encourage people to welcome individuals of all abilities.

Visitors to the agency's display in the Science and Industry Building at the State Fair near Syracuse will get a seed packet -- symbolism for planting the seeds of community inclusion.  They'll also be asked to write a welcoming message on a postcard that will be shared on social media.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The power of news photography;
  • David Cay Johnston's new book, The Making of Donald Trump;
  • Career changes, with a Buffalo man who left a partnership in a New York City hedge fund to go into the seminary;
  • Carbon fee and dividend and its impact on climate change and the economy.

Rochester's Mayor and Police Chief met with members of the United Christian Leadership Ministry Friday to talk about allegations of police brutality against a 17 year old city youth.

The president of the ministry, Reverend Lewis Stewart, and the family of Ricky Bryant, claim the youth was brutalized by officers earlier this month when they were responding to a report of someone with a gun in the Remington Street area. Bryant was never charged, and Stewart says the teen suffered serious injuries.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)€” An FBI agent, citing a statement from a prison inmate, says a Chili teenwho disappeared from Myrtle Beach seven years ago was abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed in Brazil. There are questions that remain about what truly happened that night, but Lochte admits he made up the story of having a gun cocked and pressed to his forehead; he lied about resisting the gunman's demand that he get on the ground with his fellow swimmers. But why? Why is lying so common, on both large and small scales? Why do we accept lies in our lives, and why do we tell so many lies ourselves? We discuss lying and its consequences. In studio:

  • Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester
  • Jodi Aman, psychotherapist 

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