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Cuomo calls SCOTUS ruling on voting rights “troubling”

Governor Andrew Cuomo calls today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act “troubling.”

“We must double down on efforts to ensure that the voices of all voters can be heard at the voting booth,” he said in a written statement.

The high court said Section Four of the act, which establishes a formula for determining discrimination, is outdated and unconstitutional.

The court left intact the heart of the Voting Rights Act, ordering states with a history of voter discrimination to get permission from the federal government before changing voting procedures.

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O’Mara bill would allow NY farmers to grow hemp

State Senator Tom O'Mara speaks to area residents at a town hall meeting held at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca, Wed. Feb. 12, 2014

State Senator Tom O’Mara has introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow farmers in the state to legally grow hemp.

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Chobani secures $750M investment from TPG

Hamid Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani, Inc., spoke to Ithaca College students Tuesday as part of an event sponsored by The Upstate Venture Capital Association of New York (UVANY)

Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital.

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NY Fire companies seek volunteers

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Fire departments from around New York state are opening their doors this weekend as they look for new volunteer members.

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Cornell; ND to start $4.5M for study of “hope and optimism”

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$3.8 million is going to a partnership between Cornell University and Notre Dame to study “hope and optimism”.

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NY casino contenders face application fee deadline

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A state gambling panel will pick up to four winning applications in the fall.