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Debunking Some Social Media Myths About New York’s November Ballot

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ALBANY (WSKG) – There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention. New Yorkers have a choice of voting yes or no on three proposition questions on the November ballot. A posting that has gone viral on social media is spreading some misinformation to voters. It warns against what it says is a “sneaky and underhanded” rule regarding the question on Proposition One- whether New York should hold a Constitutional Convention. “Please be aware”, the post begins, that “if you leave the question blank, it’s an AUTOMATIC YES, so please vote NO”.

What I’m Watching – October 23, 2017 to November 5, 2017

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on wskg.org, I’ll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think – tell us in the comments. — Stacey

Weeks of October 23, 2017 to November 5, 2017
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Music in the Kilmer Mansion Presents Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee

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Music in the Kilmer Mansion at Temple Concord welcomes duo-pianists Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee for a Four-Hand Piano Concert. Jinah Lee talks about the music by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, and Barber. She also describes the delicate choreography of hands and elbows that two pianists on the same bench have to negotiate. http://wskg.org/audio/jinah.mp3

 

Photo credit: Domenico di Donna via Flickr

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Once Again, Lawmakers Push To Expand PA’s Hate Crime Protections

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law protects people on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. But it doesn’t include several other categories–like ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.  Some lawmakers have been trying to change that–but not everyone is on-board. The commonwealth’s hate crimes law didn’t always exclude protections for sexual orientation, disabilities, or gender identity. From 2002 to 2008, it protected an expanded number of groups. But then it was declared unconstitutional for violating the state’s one-subject rule–a technicality.

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Once Again, Lawmakers Push To Expand PA’s Hate Crime Protections

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law protects people on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. But it doesn’t include several other categories–like ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.  Some lawmakers have been trying to change that–but not everyone is on-board. The commonwealth’s hate crimes law didn’t always exclude protections for sexual orientation, disabilities, or gender identity. From 2002 to 2008, it protected an expanded number of groups. But then it was declared unconstitutional for violating the state’s one-subject rule–a technicality.

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Once Again, Lawmakers Push To Expand PA’s Hate Crime Protections

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law protects people on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. But it doesn’t include several other categories–like ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.  Some lawmakers have been trying to change that–but not everyone is on-board. The commonwealth’s hate crimes law didn’t always exclude protections for sexual orientation, disabilities, or gender identity. From 2002 to 2008, it protected an expanded number of groups. But then it was declared unconstitutional for violating the state’s one-subject rule–a technicality.

Some Progress Toward PA Budget Resolution, But Hang-Ups Persist

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The legislature is crawling closer to finishing its nearly four-months-late state budget–with the House and Senate both saying they’re aiming to finalize a plan based mostly on borrowing this week. “It’s been a long three months, so hopefully there’s more optimism than there was for most of the time,” House Republican Leader Dave Reed said. “But,” he added, “we’ll wait and see.” So far, the legislature has sent the governor its fiscal code, which implements the overall budget, and which Wolf said he still has to review. Now, Senate leaders say they plan to take up the public school code bill and, likely, the tax code–which contains most of the revenue components that would actually balance the budget.

Some Progress Toward PA Budget Resolution, But Hang-Ups Persist

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The legislature is crawling closer to finishing its nearly four-months-late state budget–with the House and Senate both saying they’re aiming to finalize a plan based mostly on borrowing this week. “It’s been a long three months, so hopefully there’s more optimism than there was for most of the time,” House Republican Leader Dave Reed said. “But,” he added, “we’ll wait and see.” So far, the legislature has sent the governor its fiscal code, which implements the overall budget, and which Wolf said he still has to review. Now, Senate leaders say they plan to take up the public school code bill and, likely, the tax code–which contains most of the revenue components that would actually balance the budget.

RSVP to the Gray Riders Film Screening

See The Gray Riders documentary before it premieres on television. We’re hosting a special screening on Thursday, November 2 for this film, so RSVP to rsvp@wskg.org. There will be a reception at 5:30pm with light refreshments and snacks. The film will begin at 6pm. This one-hour documentary looks at the remarkable 100-year history of the New York State Police.

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!