WXXI AM News

Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will use the summer college break to see how well the state's colleges and universities are complying with a new law designed to reduce sexual violence on campus.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a "comprehensive review" of every public and private college in the state to ensure compliance with the law, which mandates training for students, staff and campus police. It also set standards for reporting and handling sexual assault cases on campuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) - A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.

The scathing report released Wednesday criticized Cuomo's Empire State Development Corp. for sidestepping accountability and transparency.

www.troopers.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A New York state lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals. 

Republican Sen. Catherine Young, of Olean in Cattaraugus County, has scheduled a conference on Monday in Albany to promote legislation that would create a new felony offense for intentionally causing serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse. Her measure also would increase the offense of killing a police work dog or police work horse to a class D felony. 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and U.S. militaries said. The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as U.S., Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

It wasn't immediately clear what type of ballistic missile was launched, although the U.S. Pacific Command said that "the flight is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A proposal before state lawmakers would allow Uber and Lyft to start service in upstate New York in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The two ride-hailing apps had been limited to the New York City area until lawmakers voted earlier this year to allow them to move into cities including Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Rochester.

But under that law, Uber and Lyft won't be able to begin picking up passengers upstate until July 9.

The new legislation would let them start 10 days earlier - on June 29.

www.womenyoushouldfund.com

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP)  Officials at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture say a rare photograph of Harriet Tubman it recently bought at an auction could be displayed at her former upstate New York home.

npr.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Court of Appeals has upheld a state law that allows for permanent suspension of drivers licenses for repeat drunk drivers.

A unanimous opinion from five of the state's highest court judges Tuesday affirmed that the Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner has the authority to refuse to re-license drivers who have had their licenses revoked due to drunk driving.

wxxinews

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany.

Supporters of the bill include several New Yorkers who lost loved ones to painful terminal illness. They plan to meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol.

The bill would require two physicians to certify the patient's illness is terminal. Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason.

The measure has been introduced before but hasn't received a vote.

WXXI photo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly would prohibit the state's pension fund from investing in big oil, gas or coal companies.

The Fossil Fuels Divestment Act would end any investments in the 200 largest publicly traded companies that deal in coal, oil or natural gas.

Supporters say the proposal would send a signal to Wall Street about the need to address climate change and shift to renewable energy.

Matt Ryan New York Now

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York union dues are now fully tax deductible under a state budget provision backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Cuomo on Friday ceremonially signed a bill in New York City that will allow for more union workers to deduct all of their dues from New York State taxes. 

A limitation built into the law prevented many union workers from applying the deduction, but the state's new budget agreement removed those limitations at the state level. 

Pages