Ban on vertical integration considered as solution to diversity in New York’s cannabis industry

New York state is moving closer to legalizing recreational marijuana. If it does, it will create a new marketplace. State and local lawmakers are considering ways to make sure that small business-owners, especially people of color, will be able to compete with large corporations. Moira Warburton explores one proposed solution. SOUND 1: Music, chatter (play […]

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New York Bookstores Turn To Loyal Communities To Survive

For small businesses, New York can be a city of unique challenges and opportunities. For bookstores, those challenges can be overwhelming. In the 50s, there were almost 400 bookstores in Manhattan. Now, less than quarter of that number remain. Stores are hoping to leverage the loyalty of their communities to survive. SCRIPT: GIACOBONE: Book Culture […]

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Beer Trees

HOST INTRO: Now, we have a story about supply and demand. And…beer. Upstate New York was once the biggest grower of a little crop called hops–the ingredient that gives beer its flavor.   Recently, the state has been trying to revitalize this century old industry by encouraging craft brewers to buy from local farmers. The […]

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Officials Call for Expansion of Summer Jobs Program


Every year around this time, tens of thousands of New York teenagers enter the lottery. And no, I’m not talking about Powerball. Instead, it’s the Summer Youth Employment Program. Applications for the city-funded internship program opened this week. And if this year’s lottery is like the last, over half the young adults who apply won’t get in. Now though, a growing chorus of advocates and city officials are working to change that. Adrian Ma has the details.

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Concussion Concerns Boost Demand for Pricier Football Helmets


 

The Super Bowl is over, but the controversy around football-related concussions is still growing, especially in world of youth football. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, participation in youth tackle football has dropped almost 20% in the last several years. And while you might think this would be bad for the BUSINESS of football, ONE part of the industry might BENEFIT from what some call the sport’s “concussion crisis.”

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