SUNY Chancellor: Trump Budget Would Be ‘Devastating’

ALBANY (WSKG) - The outgoing chancellor of New York’s state university system said President Donald Trump’s budget, if enacted, would seriously hamper the chances for many of New York’s young people to attend college.  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said cuts to programs that help disadvantaged high school students gain the opportunity to attend college, as well as reductions to federal college aid and cuts to medical research, including cancer research, would have a huge negative impact on New York’s colleges. “It would have a devastating effect on access,” Zimpher said. Zimpher spoke to public radio and television as she ends an eight-year term as the head of one the nation’s largest university systems next month. 

Poll Shows Trump, Congress Deeply Unpopular In NY

ALBANY (WKSG) - President Donald Trump, who’s never been very popular in New York, has reached an all-time low in the opinions of voters, according to a new poll. According to the Siena College survey, Trump is viewed unfavorably by about two-thirds — 65 percent — of New Yorkers, with only his core base of some of the state’s Republicans still standing by the president. Sixty-three percent of registered GOP members who were surveyed believe Trump is doing an excellent or good job in office. Only about a quarter of New Yorkers overall like the president’s job performance, and 57 percent say he’s doing a “poor job” in office, said Siena’s Steve Greenberg. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with what’s going on in Washington, D.C., right now,” Greenberg said.

Gaming Expansion Faces Division In The PA House

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bill to expand gambling and raise sorely-needed revenue is moving on to the House, after passing swiftly through the Senate this week. Gaming has been a sticky issue for the legislature for several sessions, and the latest bill is expected to face pushback from several factions of House lawmakers.  The Senate-passed bill would chiefly legalize and regulate internet gambling. It would also let Pennsylvanians buy lottery tickets and bet on fantasy sports online, and fix a law that dictates how casinos pay out fees to their local communities. House spokesman Steven Miskin noted, lawmakers in his chamber are still divided. Many want remote gaming terminals to be allowed in bars and taverns, for instance.

Bipartisan Work Underway On PA Pensions, But Bill Likely Won’t Pay Down Debt

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bipartisan group of legislative leaders has been working on a major proposal to change how state employee pensions are structured. The commonwealth's roughly $70 billion unfunded pension liability has been dogging lawmakers for years. But the plan most likely to move forward won't attempt to reduce that debt significantly. Instead, leaders say the measure will look similar to one they attempted to pass last session, which disintegrated without a vote because Democrats refused to support it. It would give state employees a few retirement options to choose from, including a 401k-style plan and two defined benefit/defined contribution hybrids.

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Closes its Season

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble ends its season with music of Bach and Mendelssohn, and with the premiere of a new work by Mark J. Connor, as well as a new work, a waltz, by one of the orchestra members.  Music Director Uli Speth joins us to talk about the orchestra's past season and about the website where you can find more information. http://wskg.org/audio/ldye0604.mp3

 

Photo credit: Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

Fan-favorite Arthur series presents a one-hour movie event on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 6:30am and 5:00pm on WSKG TV! In this all-new Arthur movie event, D.W.'s fifth birthday doesn't go the way she'd always imagined it would and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium - but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! Want in on the celebration? Download and print this fabulous D.W. mask and bring it to the viewing party when you tune in to this new episode!:

 

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Patsy Cline on American Masters

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932-March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class, and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30. Patsy Cline: American Masters airs Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm.  

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Young Authors Honored for Work

Thank you to the students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year.  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Mason McCarthy | My Dog
2nd Place | Nico Romo | The Brave and Dangerous Lion
3rd Place | Felicity Clarke | My Trip to NYC

First Grade
1st Place | Maya Stankevich | Sophie
2nd Place | Alice Svinolobova | The Flower and the Raindrop
3rd Place | Frances Miller | My Trip to New York City

Second Grade
1st Place | Hudson Scaglione | The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Adventures of the Treasure Coast
3rd Place | Stella Guccia | The Star Who Didn't Want to Be in the Sky
Honorable Mention | Heyan Chung | The Last Salute

Third Grade
1st Place | Sidra El Ghissassi | The Field Trip
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Traveling Days
3rd Place | Clara Paasch | By the Light of the Moon

 

Fourth Grade
1st Place | Inaaya Sethi | Save PBS: Monsters to the Rescue
2nd Place | Gwen Zimmerman | Fullout
3rd Place | Anthony Mazzatti | Excerpt From: Barry Sneers New Kid
Honorable Mention | Rui Jiang | Basketball Fears

Fifth Grade
1st Place | Laura Klotzkin | The Puzzle of Life
2nd Place | Keyahn Sethi | Immigrants: Making America Great Again
3rd Place | Ian Chung | World War Two
Honorable Mention | Riley Dollard | The Enchanted Soul

Sixth Grade
1st Place | Neema Baddam | I'm Still Here
2nd Place | Asiya Patel | Who's Done it This Time? Special thanks to the Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Public Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.

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Kraft-Heinz: Several Parties Interested In Steuben Factory

Workers at the Kraft-Heinz factory in Steuben County can keep their jobs a little longer. Kraft was going to start shutting down on May 26 if they couldn’t find a buyer, but there's some interest. It’s not publicly known who the interested buyers are, but a spokesman with Kraft, Michael Mullen, said they’re optimistic they’ll reach a deal by the end of the summer. "We are extending the term of employment for 330 of our Campbell employees through August 23,” said Mullen, in a statement. In February, Kraft had announced layoffs for 330 employees.

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Supporters Push Single-Payer Health Care In New York

    Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system.  It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have been trying to dismantle. A New York-based single-payer health care program has been approved numerous times in the state Assembly. Assemblyman Phil Steck, who represents portions of Albany and Schenectady and is one of the bill’s most staunch supporters, said it would simply build on the existing Medicare system for Americans 65 and older. “This bill just extends that system to the entire population,” Steck said when the bill was passed in the Assembly on May 16. The idea seems straightforward, but supporters say they know there would be challenges to implementing a statewide single-payer plan.