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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

April 16, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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POLL-STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, N.Y. — Most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature, but they’re not so keen on the big pay raise lawmakers approved for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to the results of a Siena College poll released Tuesday. By Chris Carola. SENT: 388 words.

MEASLES-NEW YORK

NEW YORK _ Officials in a suburban New York county announced new measures to fight the spread of measles on Tuesday, the day after New York City closed a preschool over non-compliance with measles vaccine requirements. Both New York City and Rockland County to its north are struggling to contain a measles outbreak in some ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods while battling lawsuits over their efforts to require vaccinations. By Karen Matthews. UPCOMING 400 words by 4 p.m.

REDACTED NATION

NEW YORK _ When the Justice Department releases the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference, parts of the report will be blacked out. Does that mean that everything redacted is top secret? Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive says redactions “are overused.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 1054 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FRANCE-NOTRE DAME-WORLD TRADE CENTER: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that One World Trade Center’s spire be lighted in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the people of France and the Catholic community worldwide.

_ SHOOTING-TWO KILLED: The wife of a former Texas police chief has accepted a plea deal in a western New York double homicide.

_ DRUG OPERATION-VERMONT: The Vermont office of the United States Attorney says more than a dozen people are facing federal and state drug charges following a three-day operation in the Brattleboro area.

_ METEOROLOGIST FIRED-LAWSUIT: An upstate New York TV meteorologist accused of using a racial slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr. while on air has filed a lawsuit against the station that fired him.

_ BUFFALO-CLERGY ABUSE: Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone says he’ll hold a series of listening sessions to hear from Roman Catholics about the clergy sex abuse crisis.

_ BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT: The American Museum of Natural History in New York will not be hosting a scheduled gala dinner honoring the president of Brazil.

_ DECAPITATED CHICKENS: Police have captured a man they say has been leaving decapitated chickens outside a Connecticut home.

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BUSINESS

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_ TASTE NY-SALES: The Cuomo administration says sales of New York-produced food and beverage products at specially designated events and locations promoting local goods hit a record high last year.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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THEATER-WOMEN DIRECTORS

NEW YORK _ As another season on Broadway draws to a big finish, the opening of “Hadestown” marks a milestone of sorts — it’s the only new musical directed by a woman, Tony Award-nominee Rachel Chavkin. By John Carucci. SENT: 831 words, photos, video.

SESAME STREET-TOUR

NEW YORK _ Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. SENT: 307 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Lefty Steven Matz (1-0, 1.65 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets while right-hander Nick Pivetta (1-1, 9.45) goes for the Phillies. By Rob Maaddi. With photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ NEW YORK _ The Red Sox and Yankees open their first series of the season both mired in sluggish starts. Boston ace Chris Sale (0-3, 9.00) hasn’t looked like himself after last fall’s World Series run. New York starts struggling LHP James Paxton (1-2, 6.00). By Jake Seiner. First pitch at 6:35 p.m. With photos.

_ BBA--YANKEES-BIRD: The Yankees have placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, giving the team a dozen players on the shelf less than three weeks into the season.

BKN--KNICKS-FIZDALE

GREENBURGH, N.Y. _ David Fizdale was beaten often during his first season with the Knicks but certainly doesn’t seem beaten down. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 910 words, photos.

_ SKI--HALL OF FAME: Nearly a year after he retired from the U.S. Ski team, Andrew Weibrecht’s resume is complete.