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The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has decided to censure a local judge for issues that arose after a 2015 trial. 

The commission chose 'censure', which is more serious than an ‘admonition’ but not as severe as removing a judge from the bench, in a case involving State Supreme Court Justice James Piampiano.

The commission censured the jurist in part, because of media interviews that he gave regarding the mistrial he granted in the Charlie Tan murder case.

The newest Gallup poll shows 60% of Americans support full legalization of marijuana. With several states legalizing marijuana, this seems to be a moment of change in the country, right? Well, perhaps not with Jeff Sessions serving as the Attorney General. Sessions recently said that marijuana was almost as bad as heroin, which surprised some experts who work in the field of opioid addiction. Sessions has said that good people don't smoke marijuana.

So what's next for weed? Our guests discuss it:

New York State Public Service Department officials have announced that there will be four hearings to get public comment on how well prepared RG&E and NYSEG were in their response to the recent windstorm.

That storm, on March 8th, resulted in more than 100,000  customers losing power in parts of  Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

A few days after that storm, Governor Cuomo criticized the response by the two utilities which are both part of a company called AVANGRID.

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The head of the House Intelligence Committee secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn't seen.

The revelation, first reported by CNN and later confirmed by a spokesman for the chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, is the latest twist in the strange saga of Nunes' unorthodox actions last week.

URMC

Flu season is winding down. That according to Dr. John Treanor, the head of the infectious disease division at URMC, who says it appears the cases of the more serious strain are finished, but there may still be a few cases out there of the more moderate strain.

“We went through a moderate flu season this year but looking at the numbers of positive tests in the microlab and other indications of disease activity it does appear to be definitely on the wane. That doesn’t mean it’s completely gone, but it’s clearly going away," he told WXXI News.

Leaders of the opt-out movement say they're still not pleased with New York state's Common Core-based tests and the pressures they place on students and teachers.

Last year, there were about 250,000 students across the state who opted out of the exams. As officials prepare to administer the English language arts exams this week, some are expecting similar refusal numbers this year. 

Last week the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on a case that some say may change special education.

NPR

First hour: What's next for marijuana?

Second hour: Examining the fractures in the local Democratic Party

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — New York is doling out $20.9 million in new grants to 19 land banks in an effort to help them acquire abandoned properties.

The grants are awarded under the Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative. The office of New York Attorney General Schneiderman established the initiative in 2013 with funding secured through settlements with the nation's largest banks over misconduct that contributed to the housing crisis.

Prosecutors in Seoul are seeking an arrest warrant for Park Geun-hye, South Korea's recently-ousted president, in connection with the blockbuster corruption scandal that's gripped the nation for months.

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