Headlines for March 30 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for March 30 2012

Mar 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND HIS EIGHT COLLEAGUES ON THE SUPREME COURT BENCH WILL MEET IN SECRET THIS MORNING TO DETERMINE THE POSSIBLE FATE OF A HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL SIGNED INTO LAW TWO YEARS AGO BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. WHATEVER DECISION MAY COME TODAY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CHANGES AND REVISIONS BEFORE A RULING IS FINALLY ANNOUNCED IN JUNE. SEVERAL STATES HAVE BALKED AT IMPLEMENTING A NUMBER OF THE ACT’S PROVISIONS, INCLUDING THE ONE REQUIRING STATES TO SET UP HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES THAT ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING COVERAGES FOR OWNERS OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. WHATEVER THE JUSTICES DECIDE TODAY, IT WILL BE KEPT UNDER WRAPS UNTIL A FINAL RULING ON “OBAMACARE” COMES IN A MATTER OF MONTHS.

YOU COULD RUN OUT OF SUPERLATIVES TO DESCRIBE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT COULD BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER OF THE CURRENT JACKPOT IN THE MULTI-STATE MEGA-MILLIONS LOTTERY. IT IS BIG — 540 (M) MILLION DOLLARS LARGE, AND THERE’S A CORRESPONDING NATIONWIDE FRENZY OF TICKET PURCHASES IN STATES THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN MEGA MILLIONS: THAT WOULD INCLUDE NEW YORK. THE DRAWING FOR THE BIGGEST LOTTERY JACKPOT EVER IN THE U-S WILL HAPPEN LATER TODAY.

THE STATE OF NEW YORK’S FISCAL 2012-2013 BUDGET WILL INCREASE AID TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS OVERALL BY 805 (M) MILLION DOLLARS. BUT INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS STILL HAVE MANY HARD CHOICES TO MAKE AS THEY PREPARE THEIR OWN BUDGETS FOR APPROVAL BY VOTERS IN A MATTER OF WEEKS. THE MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT IS EYING REDUCTIONS IN ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF, AND THEY’RE HARDLY ALONE. STATE OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED A BREAKDOWN OF FIGURES THAT SHOWS MIDDLETOWN SCHOOLS RECEIVING AN ADDITIONAL THREE (M) MILLION, THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND, 893 DOLLARS FOR THE COMING FISCAL YEAR COMPARED WITH THE ONE JUST ENDING. THAT TRANSLATES TO AN INCREASE OF FIVE-POINT-TWO SIX PERCENT. THE TOTAL AID FOR MIDDLETOWN SCHOOLS MINUS BUILDING COSTS AND OTHER INCENTIVES AMOUNTS TO 60 (M) MILLION, 729-THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS. COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS WHICH HAD BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WERE SCUTTLED IN FAVOR OF MORE DIRECT AID.

THERE WAS A MEETING THURSDAY EVENING AT ORANGE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES CENTER, WHERE A NUMBER OF SUCH GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN HELD SINCE LATE SUMMER. THAT’S WHEN THE GOVERNMENT CENTER BUILDING IN GOSHEN BECAME UNUSABLE AND VACANT LARGELY DUE TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORMS IRENE AND LEE. THE POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT CENTER WAS THE FOCUS OF LAST NIGHT’S ACTIVITY. THE E 9-1-1 CENTER AUDITORIUM WAS NOT EXACTLY FULL, WHICH COULD BE DUE TO THE RE-SCHEDULING OF THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION ON RELATIVELY SHORT NOTICE. COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA AT THE BEGINNING OF MARCH UNVEILED HIS LATEST PLAN FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF 75 (M) MILLION DOLLARS: THAT FIGURE COMPARES WITH 72 (M) MILLION FOR THE COST OF RENOVATING THE PRESENT NOW-VACANT STRUCTURE AND 136 (M) MILLION AT THE HIGH END OF PROPOSALS FOR A NEW BUILDING. THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF TOWN HALLS FEATURING DIANA AND OTHER COUNTY OFFICIALS IS SET FOR MONDAY EVENING IN PORT JERVIS, AND OTHER SUCH MEETINGS AT OTHER SITES AROUND ORANGE COUNTY WILL BE APPENDING, ALTHOUGH WE’RE STILL WAITING ON WORD OF A SCHEDULE FOR FUTURE TOWN HALLS FROM DIANA’S OFFICE. THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE IS SCHEDULED TO BE OUR ON-AIR GUEST WEDNESDAY.

THE WAY REDISTRICTING PLAYED OUT FOR NEW YORK STATE, THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LINES DRAWN UP WITH THE HELP AND PRODDING OF FEDERAL JUDGES THIS YEAR MOVES ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY INTO A NEW EIGHTEENTH DISTRICT THAT MAY END UP BEING REPRESENTED BY  NAN HAYWORTH OF WESTCEHSTER COUNTY, WHO WAS PART OF THE WAVE OF FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS ELECTED TO THE HOUSE IN THE 2010 MIDTERMS. THINGS ARE SHAPING UP FOR SEVERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHALLENGERS WHO ARE COMPETING IN THE JUNE PRIMARIES FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO UP AGAINST HAYWORTH. ANNE JACOBS MOULTRIE OF ORANGE COUNTY IS ONE OF THEM.

EXPERT TESTIMONY ABOUT FALSE CONFESSIONS OBTAINED BY POLICE IN CRIMINAL CASES IS ADMISSIBLE AT TRIAL, IF THAT TESTIMONY IS PERTINENT TO THE CASE. THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF A RULING THURSDAY BY THE NEW YORK COURT OF APPEALS, THE HIGHEST COURT BENCH IN THE EMPIRE STATE. THAT RULING IS SEEN AS A VICTORY FOR DEFENSE ATTORNEYS AND INNOCENCE ADVOCATES ALIKE.

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