Here's a look at AP's plans in New York for the weekend. Questions are welcome, and should be directed to New York State Editor James Martinez at 212 621-1607 or Upstate Administrative Correspondent George Walsh at 518-458-7821.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — While New York state is a huge consumer of natural gas, it's unclear how much it would have produced if the Cuomo administration hadn't decided to ban fracking. Estimates of the state's shale gas reserves vary widely, and much of that gas would have been hard to tap under proposed drilling rules that put two-thirds of the Marcellus Shale off-limits. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING 600 words, photos by noon Saturday.


NEW YORK — New York is launching a high-tech library lending program — by handing out 10,000 free Internet hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. It's the largest cyber-lending pilot program of its kind in the United States, helping close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots. And it's a model for smaller free mobile access at dozens of other communities around the country. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING 650 words, photos by noon Saturday.



BUFFALO, N.Y. — After battles in Albany over who should have access to results of state-mandated teacher evaluations, the group given the right to see them — parents — has shown little interest. An Associated Press survey of 10 districts around the state reveals that few, if any, parents have asked for their child's teacher's score. By Carolyn Thompson. UPCOMING 500 words, photos by noon Sunday.


NEW YORK — Even before Preet Bharara lost out in the sweepstakes to become the next attorney general, the Manhattan federal prosecutor and his army of assistant U.S. attorneys had run into legal headwinds of a kind he had not seen since arriving in the job over five years ago. In the past few weeks, they've faced setbacks in several high-profile prosecutions, including a federal appeals court's dismissal of insider trading convictions against two men and prison sentences for five former employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff that fell far short of what the government was seeking. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon Sunday.

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