The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes Danish violinst Julie Eskar, performing Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto in d minor. Although written in 1853, it remained virtually unknown until 1937. Julie Eskar tells this fascinating story involving seances and copyright battles, and talks about her career as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician. http://wskg.org/audio/eskar.mp3
HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A state House panel is considering a plan to help fill significant budget gaps that have been left open for gambling revenue. The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a public hearing Monday on a longstanding proposal to legalize video gambling terminals in bars and other businesses. The bill being discussed is House Bill 1010, which would allow up to 35,000 terminals in bars, social clubs, and other such businesses. Proponents say it could earn $100 million in its first year, and $500 million annually once it's fully implemented. Democratic Representative Mike Sturla of Lancaster County--one of the bill's biggest proponents--said it makes policy sense too, since many thousands of the terminals are already operating illegally. "Instead of turning a blind eye to an illegal industry that's going on in the state of Pennsylvania...this really does clean it up for everyone, and lets everyone play on a level playing field," he said.
BINGHAMTON (AP) — More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York. NYSEG reports half of its 34,000 outages Tuesday morning are located in the Binghamton area, where Broome County officials have declared a state of emergency after trees and utility poles were toppled by high winds during Monday night's storms. Some 40 roads in the area are closed because of fallen trees or poles. A few thousand other homes and businesses in the Southern Tier and eastern New York remain without power. The National Weather Service says it will investigate whether a tornado touched down in neighboring Chenango and Otsego counties Monday evening. More than 6,700 utility customers in Chenango County are waiting to have power restored.
Bills to improve voter access advanced in a state Senate committee, but their ultimate passage is uncertain. The measures, which would allow same-day voter registration and early voting, were approved in the Senate Elections Committee and moved to a second committee. Last year, the second committee, on local government, never met before the session ended, but advocates hope that 2017 is different. Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan cast doubt on the measures, saying he has concerns about potential costs. “How do you do that without costing astronomical amounts of money?” Flanagan asked. “I think we have a procedure that on the whole works very well.” Flanagan said he does think it’s time for a “discussion” on voter access, and said some items he does support include having a larger font on ballots so they can be more easily read by voters.
New York has a new plan to control the prices of prescription drugs under its Medicaid program. Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance plan for people who elderly, disabled, children or poor adults. New York generally covers the cost of drugs under Medicaid, but prices have been rising, lately. "There really has been, in recent years, a number of pretty egregious examples of manufacturers attempting to generate windfall profits out of really high drug prices," said Jason Helgerson, New York’s Medicaid Director. "We really, sort of, struggled, along with states all across the country, to try to reign in some of those bad practices." New York already limits how much it spends for all services under Medicaid.
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Binghamton University Theatre professor Tom Kremer has adapted Oscar Wilde's first big theatrical success, 'Lady Windermere's Fan'. It's a story of blackmail, accusations of infidelity, gossip, social climbing, shameful secrets, and, finally, a selfless act that redeems all involved. Director Kremer and assistant director Carol Hanscom talk about this adaptation, Wilde's rich language, and their long partnership. http://wskg.org/audio/windermere.mp3
HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- President Donald Trump held a rally in Harrisburg for his hundredth day in office, fresh off a frustrating week in Washington. After pushes to resuscitate the House GOP's healthcare bill and pass a spending plan for the year, neither got much traction. A government shutdown was averted for at least a week. But nevertheless, it was a defiant Trump who arrived at the Farm Show Complex, and an enthusiastic crowd that embraced him. The president kicked off his speech to a mostly-full arena with an airing of grievances, directed at one of his favorite targets. "The media," he said, "deserves a very, very big fat failing grade" for covering his first 100 days in office.