English Language Arts Tests Spark Controversy Among Parents

HOST INTRO: New York City public school students spent days last week taking the statewide English Language Arts, or ELA, assessment test. This morning, just before class, parents and teachers in over thirty Manhattan elementary schools rallied against the tests saying that they were unfair and unnecessary. Marie Shabaya reports. ————————————————————————————————————————— AMBI: SCHOOL BUS STOPPING It’s just […]

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Food Cart Owners Risk Getting Arrested

HOST INTRO: Food carts are an iconic part New York City. Police, however, arrest food cart owners and other street vendors nearly 10,000 times every year for operating without a permit. Chris Mathias reports on why so many street cart vendors have to operate without a permit in order to make a profit. ———————————————————————————– Mohammed […]

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Cuomo Seeks Private Funds for “Prison University” Plan

Governor Cuomo dropped his plan to provide state-funded post-secondary education for New York State inmates, after some legislators rallied against the proposal throughout late February. Now, reports say he is trying to find private funding for privately funded non-profits that already bring college tuition to state prisons. But non-profit organizers say it is tough to find funding for felons.

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GM Motor Recall Sparks Competitor Compliance

HOST INTRO: Yesterday, General Motors announced a recall to more than two and a half million cars that had already been recalled. On Wednesday, Toyota recalled of over six million vehicles, worldwide. Automobile analyst Michelle Krebs says that car companies are quicker to respond after Toyota faced a federal case. SLUG: LEON_Recall_2Way TAPE DURATION: 2:02 INCUE: “ Ever since […]

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Rizzoli Bookstore Is Closing

HOST INTRO: After nearly 30 years in business, Rizzoli Bookstore is closing its doors at its Midtown location. This bookstore’s demise isn’t due to market share lost to Amazon, but because of real estate development. Pierre Bienaimé has more. — AMBI: Demonstration outside This morning, a couple dozen people gathered under the scaffolding in front of Rizzoli Bookstore. […]

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