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Desperate search for answers

A local woman is on a journey to find out who she really is by finding her birth mother. But her closed adoption and the laws in New York State that go with it are preventing her from finding answers.

  • Genetic testing raises questions, concerns

    Currently more than 1,000 genetic conditions can be screened for. However, not all genetic variations mean you will develop disease, and of those variations only 57 of them trigger diseases that, currently, can be acted on.

  • Training teachers to help identify dyslexia

    Should teachers in New York State be trained to recognize students with dyslexia? Many parents say “yes.” In fact, parents attending a NewsChannel 13 education forum this past September urged us to research the issue and we did.

  • Key-copying website could make things easy for crooks

    You leave them on the counter at the coffee shop, hanging in plain sight at home, and out on your desk at work all day. However, just because they're not on the forefront of your mind doesn't mean somebody else isn't eyeing them.

  • 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.

  • If a dam failed, would we be ready?

    After Thursday's severe weather, if a dam actually failed along the Erie Canal, would we be ready?

  • Three years later: Are we safer?

    Nearly three years after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee pounded the Capital Region, as we head into another severe weather season NewsChannel 13 wondered, what have we learned?

  • 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.