What the $15 minimum wage means for New Yorkers

Host Intro: Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature finalized the state budget early this morning – just hours after the official deadline. The more than 700 page budget outlines nearly one-hundred-fifty billion dollars  in spending. Cuomo backed off on a plan to cut state funding for CUNY schools – but increased funding for school […]

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Women’s soccer team earning less than men’s despite World Cup Win

The U.S. Women’s soccer team has gone from World Cup win…to wage discrimination. The women’s team has won the world cup no less than three times and the olympics four. The men’s national team hasn’t even made it to the finals of the world cup in the past 50 years. But the female players are getting paid less. And earlier this week, five of them, filed a federal complaint.

Katie Ferguson spoke to Grant Wahl, a senior writer at Sports Illustrator and asked him what this lawsuit is about.

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First HIV to HIV organ transplant successful in the U.S.

  Host Intro: This week, doctors at John Hopkins University successfully performed an organ transplant between HIV-positive patients. It’s the first time such a procedure is performed in the United States. Up until 2013 people who were HIV-positive were banned from donating their organs. To get more details on the importance of this operation, I […]

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Waste Collectors Say New Proposal to Reform Trash Collection Won’t Work

A new bill in the city council could change the way commercial trash is collected in the city. A group of environmental and labor activists say the bill would reduce truck traffic and hold the private waste hauling industry accountable for better standards. But the private waste companies that collect this trash say the proposal just won’t work. Nina Agrawal has more.

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Helicopter Tours Get Chopped

Normally, tourists hoping to get an ariel view of the city skyline can catch a ride on a helicopter tour. But starting this weekend, the choppers will be barred from flying on Sundays. It’s part of deal the city struck with tour operators to cut flights in half by next year. And while the city says it’s a compromise between local residents and business, Adrian Ma explains why no party involved is buzzing with enthusiasm over the deal.

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NYC Businesses Not Complying with Fair Chance Act

A law passed last fall means businesses in New York City aren’t allowed to ask people whether they have been convicted of a crime when they apply for a job. It’s meant to give those with a criminal record a fairer chance of finding employment. But six months after the law went into effect, Oliver Arnoldi finds many businesses are not complying.

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City Council bill to regulate where Elmo can stand in Times Square

Tourists go to Times Square to take pictures and not to get hassled by life-size cartoon characters. That’s the logic behind a bill pending before City Council. It would give the Department of Transportation the authority to regulate where costumed characters can stand and do their photo-ops. This comes amid an uptick in reports of aggressive encounters with passersby. Gilda Di Carli went to Times Square to find out more.

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Why the Smart Meters – Coming To NYC – May Save You Money On Your Energy Bill

Last week, New York Public Service Commission approved a plan put out by ConEd — the largest utility company in the state — to distribute new high-tech meters to more than four million customers within the next few years. Reporter Jephie Bernard says these new meters are supposed to get New Yorkers thinking about their electrical use more than just when they pay their monthly bill.

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