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News & Politics

Morning Brief: September 8

by Jeff Coltin
iPhone 5c

John Karakatsanis/flickr

Consumer tech-giant Apple is all set to launch the latest iPhone on Tuesday in Cupertino, California. Rumor has it they may drop a new “smart watch” as well. But while some techies are going wild following the rumor mill, most people seem to not even be able to tell the difference. Like in 2012 when Jimmy Kimmel Live tested people on the street about the “new” iPhone they were holding.  

De Blasio Gives $108M for Storm-Battered Project

by Associated Press
Coney Island

Peter Shugert, US Army Corps of Engineers/flickr

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy struck, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that a storm-damaged Brooklyn housing project will get $108 million in federal relief, and said he expects Sandy funds to flow to other public housing developments as well.

Deadline Approaches for 9/11 Workers' Comp

by Rebecca Lewis
Congressman Jerry Nadler on the steps of City Hall.

Rebecca Lewis, WFUV

It's been nearly 13 years since 9/11, but first responders, volunteers and other cleanup workers are still getting ill because of working in the toxic environment. That's why officials said it's necessary for any person involved in cleanup or rescue after 9/11 and in the surrounding areas to register for workers' compensation benefits.

Cory Booker Ramping Up Senate Re-Election Effort

by Associated Press
Cory Booker.

Tris Hussley, Flickr

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has formally launched his re-election campaign with the first of a series of kick-off events.

A poll last month showed the incumbent Democrat may have a tighter race than observers expected. The Quinnipiac Poll showed Booker was ahead of little-known Republican Jeff Bell by 10 percentage points.

Booker told supporters at Camden County College on Wednesday that he is working with Republicans and Democrats on a variety of issues, including the cost of college and federal funding for programs for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers Before Opening

by Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire
Pre-K students

Eden, Janine, and Jim, flickr

Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
 
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while the majority of sites have been cleared to open, safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned at other centers.

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