Partial Products

When your child first learns to multiply two two-digit numbers, she will use the area model. This visual tool illustrates how to decompose numbers and find four different products. As her skills improve, she will move from this pictorial model into a concrete method called partial products. Using partial products to solve forty-three times fifty-six, looks like this. She will start by multiplying tens times tens.


PA Auditor Stunned By Accounting Problems With Jobless Benefits

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The office of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has finished a long-awaited report on state spending in the unemployment compensation system. It began in January after the Senate decided not to extend a dedicated funding stream for the system over suspicion of mismanagement. The move prompted nearly 500 layoffs.  DePasquale called his findings “stunning,” saying the system has extreme problems and blaming them on two administrations’ worth of mismanagement from the top levels of the Department of Labor and Industry. Over the four years the UC system received state funding, it spent over $178 million of the money, but DePasquale said it’s impossible to tell where it went because of shoddy accounting. “The reality is, we don’t know how they spent the money…about whether they did everything right, or everything wrong over the last four years,” he said.


Lawmakers, Advocates Say Reform Not Dead In Albany


State lawmakers and lobby groups say Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.  Democratic lawmakers, along with the League of Women Voters, rallied outside the Senate chambers Tuesday for bills that would allow same-day voting and early voting by mail in New York state. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said the most recent presidential election should serve as a “wake-up call” about the importance of voting and access to polling machines. “We have an abysmal voting turnout record,” Stewart-Cousins said. “If people have more options, they will be able to get to the polls.” Cuomo, who said in March he would “try like heck” to achieve voting reform, was more pessimistic about the chances for any types of reforms in mid-April. “If we didn’t get it in done in the budget, it means you don’t have political will to get it done,” Cuomo said on April 15.

Wild Weather

Wild Weather airs on WSKG-TV April 26, 2017 at 10pm

The best way to truly understand weather is to get inside it. Wild Weather introduces a global group of experts who risk their lives to demonstrate the power of wind, water and temperature, taking these simple “ingredients” and transforming them into something spectacular and powerful for everyone to understand.

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk, April 22nd


Free-Range Folk
April 22, 2017

Sera Cahoone – “Better Woman”
From Where I Started (2017, Lady Muleskinner Records)

Tim Grimm – “These Rolling Hills”
A Stranger In This Time

Martha Scanlan – “Unbroken Wings”
The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come

Erika Kulnys – “Rise Up”
Rise Up

Malcolm Holcombe – “The Eyes O’ Josephine”
Pretty Little Troubles

Sam Outlaw – “Tenderheart”

Alice Howe – “Nothing But You”
You’ve Been Away So Long

Eliza Gilkyson – “Walk Away From Love”
Hard Times In Babylon

David Mallett – “Whatever Gets You By”

Nathan Bell – “Fade Out”
Blood Like A River (American Family)

John Gorka – “Really Spring”
Bright Side Of Down

Amythyst Kiah – “Darling Corey”
Tunes From David Holt’s State Of Music 2 (2017, High Windy Audio)

Mipso – “Louise”
Tunes From David Holt’s State Of Music 2

Rhiannon Giddens – “Shake Sugaree”
Tunes From David Holt’s State Of Music 2

Alice Gerrard – “Calling Me Home”
Tunes From David Holt’s State Of Music 2

Rayna Gellert – “Swannanoa Waltz”
Tunes From David Holt’s State Of Music 2

The Bankesters – “If It Wasn’t For The Rain”

Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh – “Paint The Town Blue”
The Barn Birds

The Belle Hollows – “Come The Mornin'”
Miller’s Creek

Sarah Jarosz – “Jacqueline”

The Waymores – “Wilder Girl”
Way More

Taarka – “What My Darlin Says”
Fading Mystery

Heather Pierson – “Speak Wisely”
The Hard Work Of Living

Sometimes Why – “Hush Child”
Sometymes Why (2005, Independent)

The Waifs – “Higher Ground”
Ironbark (2017, Three Little Fish)

Mary Gauthier – “Camelot Motel”
Filth & Fire

Brandi Carlile – “Turpentine”
The Story

Ordinary Elephant – “Another Day”
Before I Go


Empire Center Questions NY Prevailing Wage Rule


A fiscal watchdog group is questioning the state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge and other projects. The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative budget watchdog group, looked at the state’s constitutionally protected prevailing wage law. It requires contractors on public projects to pay their workers the amounts set in unions’ collective bargaining agreements. The Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon said an analysis of federal data on wages paid finds the law’s interpretation is outdated and that New York may be paying more in taxpayer money than is necessary — up to 25 percent more for some projects in some regions of the state. “You’re talking about something that’s neither prevailing nor limited to the wage,” McMahon said.


Preston Pleads Guilty To Misusing A Credit Card


At the Binghamton City Court Monday morning, former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston pleaded guilty to charges of “official misconduct.” Preston was accused of getting credit card in her name and in the Town of Conklin’s name back when she was town supervisor. Then, she bought stuff for herself and continued to do so even after she was told not to, racking up a balance of over $20,000. She could’ve gotten jail time. Instead, she paid a $1,000 fine. The prosecutor, Joseph Fazzary, district attorney in Schuyler County, said he couldn’t find evidence she’d tried to steal anything or falsify documents.

The Fish On My Plate

FRONTLINE The Fish On My Plate airs on WSKG TV Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 10pm

“What fish should I eat that’s good for me and good for the planet?” Bestselling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg (“Four Fish”; “American Catch”) sets out to answer that question in “The Fish on My Plate,” a 90-minute FRONTLINE special. As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean — and his own — Greenberg spends a year eating seafood at breakfast, lunch and dinner. With people worldwide consuming more seafood than ever, Greenberg also explores questions of sustainability and overfishing, traveling to Norway, where modern fish farming was invented; Peru to witness the world’s largest wild fishery; Alaska, where 200 million salmon can be caught each year; and Connecticut to visit a sustainable ocean farming pioneer who is trying to transform the fishing industry.

Gerald Wolfe Leads Music of Schubert and Rehnqvist


The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers and Chamber Singers led by Gerald Wolfe perform Franz Schubert’s final choral work, the profounc Mass in E flat, and the Chamber Singers sing ‘When I close my eyes, I dream of peace’ by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist.


Photo credit: Ithaca Community Choruses