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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State is launching a new effort to help women struggling with maternal depression. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Thursday that the state will require insurers to cover maternal depression screenings. 

In addition, the state's Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health will create a new public awareness campaign to help women and their loved ones spot the signs of maternal depression and learn about ways to seek help. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report says New York state's prison population is rapidly aging, putting more pressure on prison health care systems and taxpayers alike.

The analysis published Thursday by the New York City-based Osborne Association found that in the last decade, the number of inmates over 50 has increased by 46 percent despite an overall 17 percent decline in the number of people behind bars.

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The number of robocalls people are receiving is growing, and Senator Chuck Schumer is trying to put an end to them.

He introduced the ROBOCOP or the Repeated Objectionable Bothers of Consumers on Phones Act which would require both landline and mobile carriers to offer free robocall blocking technology to all consumers.

For the 2018 spring commencement season, nearly 60% of speakers at the 25 schools with the largest endowments are women.

That’s the first time women have been in the majority as speakers in nearly 20 years.

Cornell University is bringing in film director Ava DuVernay, who directed "Selma" and the documentary "13th." She will be the first woman of color to give Cornell’s speech in a decade.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Friday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign aimed at preventing firms from doing business with the gun owners' group.

The lawsuit filed in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo, as defendants.

NEW YORK (AP)  A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence. 

An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption. 

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman. 

Cuomo says Singas also will probe whether Schneiderman used his staff or office resources to facilitate the alleged abusive liaisons.Four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes.

The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb saying the agency had the legal authority to regulate e-cigarette flavors, and encouraging it to do so.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Lawmakers in New York state have approved a bill that will officially remove the terms ``policeman'' and ``fireman'' in state law. 

The Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would replace the terms with the gender-neutral terms ``firefighter'' and ``police officer.'' The Daily News reports Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says state laws will now reflect that women are an important part of police and fire departments statewide. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — The second trial for New York's former assembly speaker is likely to be a repeat of a 2015 trial but with language that will conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of corruption.

Opening statements begin Monday in the corruption retrial of Democrat Sheldon Silver.

The 74-year-old Silver has insisted he is not guilty.

A jury was chosen earlier this month to hear the retrial in Manhattan federal court.

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