The State Of Local News

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How are independent local newspapers faring in our area? In recent years many newspapers and publications, including digital media, have either slimmed down or stopped publication completely. Ron speaks with editors and reporters in Connecticut and on Long Island to find out how local news outlets are doing. Today's guests:

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The state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, says she’s not pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to spend just half of the amount of new money on public schools that education experts in New York recommend. Elia spoke Wednesday at a joint legislative budget hearing at the state Capitol.

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Town officials in Hempstead and Oyster Bay want to give federal workers who had their pay withheld during the government shutdown an extension on when they pay their property taxes.

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A group of Connecticut residents who allege they were sexually assaulted by priests in the Diocese of Norwich has sent an open letter to The Day of New London with a request for monetary compensation for the abuse.

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The town of Stratford, Conn., is asking what to do with the property where the historic American Shakespeare Theatre once stood. The theater burned down in January.