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PA Looks To Amend Laws In Wake Of Equifax Breach

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Several state lawmakers are introducing legislation to help people deal with situations in which their personal information is compromised.  The move comes after a massive security breach at credit reporting agency Equifax affected millions of Pennsylvanians.  The breach is the largest in the country’s history. In the Pennsylvania alone, more than five million people had information compromised–about three quarters of the commonwealth’s adult population. Attorney General Josh Shapiro launched an investigation soon after the breach was made public. The probe now includes 46 other states. He said it’s progressing quickly, and that “subpoenas have been issued, and we expect Equifax to begin producing documents very, very shortly.”

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PA House Pushes A New Hotel Tax Into Budget Discussions

HARRISBURG (WSKG) – After extensive closed negotiations, a House committee has moved a plan to close part of the $2.2 billion gap in Pennsylvania’s overdue budget.  It’s expected to be considered by the full chamber on Wednesday. Its key component is a five percent tax on hotel rates that would largely impact major cities, and is already being opposed by the hotel industry. The statewide rate is currently six percent. Nearly doubling it would only raise around $100 million this year, and roughly $160 million next year. But House Majority Leader Dave Reed said even deciding to move forward with the hotel tax is a significant step in a budget process where new revenue has been difficult to agree on.

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk, September 30

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Free-Range Folk
September 30, 2017

The Wailin’ Jennys – “One Voice”
40 Days (2004, Red House Records)

Patty Griffin – “Heavenly Day”
Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records)

Jason Isbell – “How To Forget”
Something More Than Free (2015, Southeastern Records)

Hayes Carll – “Drive”
Lovers and Leavers (2016, Hwy 87 Records)

Guy Clark – “The Guitar”
Guy Clark: The Best Of The Dualtone Years (2017, Dualtone Records)

John Prine, Lee Ann Womack – “Storms Never Last”
For Better, Or Worse (2016, Oh Boy Records)

Andrew Combs – “Lauralee”
Canyons Of My Mind (2017, New West Records)

Miranda Lambert – “Tin Man”
The Weight Of These Wings (2016, RCA Records)

Emmylou Harris – “How She Could Sing The Wildwood Flower”
All I Intended To Be (2008, Nonesuch)

Kris Kristofferson – “Holy Woman”
Closer To The Bone (2009, New West Records)

Parker Millsap – “Jealous Sun”
The Very Last Day (2016, Oklahoma Records)

Lucette – “Bobby Reid”
Black Is The Color (2014, Prairie Blue)

Mandolin Orange – “Wildfire”
Blindfaller (2016, Yep Roc Records)

Grant-Lee Phillips – “Yellow Weeds”
The Narrows (2016, Yep Roc Records)
Lillie Mae – “Forever and Then Some”
Forever And Then Some (2017, Third Man Records)

Lewis Watson – “(midnight)”
midnight (2017, Cooking Vinyl Records)
Joshua James – “Broken Tongue”
My Spirit Sister (2017, Northplatte Records)

Peter Bradley Adams – “Lorraine”
A Face Like Mine (2017, Tone Tree Music)

The Stray Birds – “Shining In The Distance”
Shining In The Distance (2016, Yep Roc Records)

Lori McKenna – “Humble & Kind”
The Bird & The Rifle (2016, CN Records)

Lucie Silvas – “Pull The Stars Down”
Letters To Ghosts (2015, Furthest Point Records)

Joshua Hyslop – “The Flood”
In Deepest Blue (2015, Nettwerk Records)

Crooked Still – “Little Sadie”
Shaken By A Low Sound (2006, Signature Sounds Records)

Mountain Heart – “Maggie’s Farm”
Blue Skies (2016, Compass Records)

The Duhks – “Suffer No Fools”
Beyond The Blue (2014, Compass Records)

Roo Panes – “I’ll Move Mountains”
Once EP (2014, Independent)

Jeremy Messersmith – “Ghost”
Heart Murmurs (2014, Glass Note Records)

‘Best 9-12’ Serling Fest Award Goes to Niskayuna Native

Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York.  He is attending Purchase College as a freshman.  Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film.  He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career.  Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about? 
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing – “Religion and Culture today”.  At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today.  As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.

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PA Lawmakers Resume Full-Time Budget Talks; No Agreements Yet

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — After a week of closed talks between legislative leaders and Governor Tom Wolf, the House and Senate are back in session together for the first time in months.  Leaders say they have a loose budget structure to work from now, though no one has officially agreed to anything. The House hasn’t yet held official discussions with members about the framework, but the Senate did Monday afternoon. After he emerged from a long, closed caucus meeting, GOP leader Jake Corman told reporters that roughly 10 pieces of legislation will need to pass in order to truly balance the budget. “I mean, look, we’re closer than we’ve been in some time, clearly,” he said. “We actually brought the members back in to discuss elements of things the governor and House leadership and I talked about last week.”

Naledi: One Little Elephant

Naure | Naledi: One Little Elephant airs on WSKG TV October 4, 2017 at 8pm

Kiti, a gentle elephant in Botswana, was in her 661st day of pregnancy, a normal gestation period, when she finally gave birth to a baby girl. For nearly two weeks, the staff of Abu Camp, a halfway house for orphaned and former zoo and circus elephants, had been passing the time by coming up with a list of possible names for Kiti’s offspring. Perhaps because the calf was born at night, they called her Naledi, which means star in the local language. Naledi was an instant hit with the Abu Camp caretakers including elephant manager Wellington (“Wellie”) Jana who compared her arrival to getting a new daughter in the family. Wildlife biologist and Botswana native Dr. Mike Chase, who is also tasked with looking after Naledi’s herd, hopes she will have the option to be reunited with her extended family.

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Why Are So Many New York Counties Suing Big Pharma Over The Opioid Crisis?

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ITHACA (WSKG) – Back in the ‘90s, states sued big tobacco to pay for the costs of caring for smokers. Now, New York state counties, including Broome, are trying to sue big pharma over the opioid crisis. And Tompkins County is weighing whether it wants in.   It’s pretty attractive. It’s free for the counties because their lawyers just get a cut of the winnings.   But, Tompkins County must decide if it’s worth the time and manpower to provide information for a county lawsuit — or just join a potential statewide suit.   After a day in felony drug court, Todd Livingston stood on the front steps of the Tompkins County Courthouse in Ithaca. He’s a defense lawyer and said half the cases in the court are opioid-related.

‘Algo’ Captures Abstract/Experimental Award in Serling Film Fest

Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? ‘Algo’ is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.