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For Columbia Radio News, I’m Cassandra Basler. In New York City more than 20 mayors from some of the biggest meetings across the country are meeting at Gracie Mansion today. They’ll discuss the practical implementation of the President’s executive order on immigration. The meeting comes just days after 20 states filed a lawsuit against the […]

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Funding Cuts for Private English Classes

It might be harder for immigrants in New York City to take full-time English-as-a-second-language classes. That’s because the state changed how it funds private ESL programs. Intensive courses like those offered by the Riverside Language Program in Morningside Heights are suffering the most. Jack Murtha reports. _____________________ Nineteen students from 14 countries sit in a […]

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Holiday Retail

Going into this holiday season, the National Retail Federation predicted sales would be up modestly over last year, thanks to an improving economy, job growth and lower gas prices. But consumers have confounded that prediction. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they kicked off the gift-giving season by spending five percent LESS than they did […]

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Micro Suites

Finding an apartment in New York City is no easy task, especially for recent college graduates. This week developers are breaking ground in Queens on a new kind of apartment building. One they say will help millennials afford to stay in the city. Tariro Mzezewa reports. ____________________ When Joanna Franco graduated from Pace University in […]

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She Rides

The taxi apps Uber and Lyft have new competition. The app SheRides recently launched in New York City. It connects female passengers with female drivers. Dasha Lisitsina has the story. (00:08) ____________________ Dinorah Cruz is just finishing up her working day. It’s a chilly Wednesday afternoon in Queens and I’m getting in the car with […]

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