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Prison horse program changes lives

Prison officials marked a major anniversary at Wallkill Correctional Facility on Thursday. For 30 years they've been rescuing thoroughbred horses and helping inmates develop better attitudes with a unique horse therapy program. NewsChannel 13 went back to Wallkill to check on an inmate we've been following through the program.

  • Cost of driving: NY gas tax among the nation's highest

    Adding up the federal, state, and local taxes on gasoline, New York ranks second in the country behind California.

  • Finding new electric supplier poses new shock for consumers

    Electric customers in New York can choose from a number of different supply companies. That deregulation was supposed to lower rates, but it sure doesn't seem to have worked. Just figuring out what your choices are and who offers the best price can be a nightmare.

  • The cost of doing business in New York

    New York has the worst business tax climate in the country, according to the non-profit Tax Foundation.

  • The primary care doctor shortage

    Finding a primary care doctor who's taking new patients can be challenging. Fewer med students select that as a career path compared to more lucrative specialties. Many doctors who now provide primary care are older and starting to retire, and younger doctors often want less demanding hours than their predecessors.

  • The cost of dying in New York

    It is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. In some cases, they go hand-in-hand.

  • Common Core test refusal

    This week, thousands of third through eighth grade students across New York State will take their Common Core exams for math. However, hundreds of kids are sitting them out.

  • Why is it so expensive to live in New York?

    A report by the non-profit Tax Foundation found that New Yorkers have shouldered the highest state and local tax burden in the country for 34 of the last 35 years for which data is available.

  • Local National Guard captain takes first steps since December crash

    This week, a captain with the New York National Guard will finally go home. He hasn't been overseas. He's been in various hospitals since a horrible crash in December. This week marked a major milestone in his recovery and NewsChannel 13 was there for it.

  • Using Botox to improve appearance

    In 2002, the FDA approved Botox to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows. In September, Botox was approved for use on lines around the eyes. That got us wondering if more people are using Botox now and what about a recent report suggesting Botox be started early for the best results. NewsChannel 13 visited a local plastic surgery office for answers.

  • MA State Education Commissioner talks Common Core

    New Yorkers remain divided over the new Common Core standards, but Massachusetts State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is excited about Common Core. Test scores in Massachusetts are already some of the best in the nation.

  • Who gets state rent checks?

    The State of New York pays out tens of millions of taxpayer dollars every year to rent office space in the Capital Region. That's your money. NewsChannel 13 found out where it's going, but it's much harder to say who's actually getting it. That's why NewsChannel 13 set out to learn who is collecting the rent checks and what, if any, link they might have to politically well connected people.

  • Breast density notification law could help save lives

    New York was the fourth state to sign a breast density notification law. Now, the feds are considering doing the same. The law mandates that if a mammogram finds a woman has dense breast tissue she must be notified of that. Then, she and her doctor can decide if she should undergo another screening with ultrasound.

  • Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings reflects on his 20 years in office

    For a guy from North Albany he didn't have to travel far to make his mark and he says he has no plans to leave the city he loves.

  • Shen athletic trainer helps Olympic hopefuls go for gold

    Rick Knizek learned early on never to turn down an opportunity. A rotation with the US Olympic Committee in California 10 years ago, led to a relationship with the medical staff at the Training Center in Lake Placid. That helped land him where he is this month for 2 weeks: working as one of the medical trainers for the US Bobsled and Skeleton Teams in Russia.

  • Heroin use affecting young people

    Heroin use is back with a vengeance in the Capital Region. What is especially troubling to addiction specialists is that it's affecting people in their early teens, including young girls. 

  • Bishop Hubbard reflects on his years of service

    Bishop Howard Hubbard is the only bishop that many local Catholics have ever known. Before he retires, he sat down for an in-depth, wide-ranging interview about his years of service.  

  • Moreland Commission co-chairs: Gov. Cuomo never interfered

    The co-chairs of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption told NewsChannel 13 there is no truth to published reports claiming Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff tried to steer the Commission away from political allies.

  • 'Hypocrisy' in the Moreland Commission?

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo built in “hypocrisy” by appointing elected officials to the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, an ethics watchdog told NewsChannel 13.

  • Electronic medical records, who's protecting your information.

    The move away from paper is mandated by the feds with the goal of saving money and improving health care.


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