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Local Newscast: Apr. 7, 2022

From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Lucy Grindon.

New York State lawmakers are expected to vote this evening on the new state budget. The proposed budget includes a suspension of some state gas taxes, which would save New Yorkers about 16 cents a gallon. It also includes a provision allowing restaurants to sell alcohol with their takeout and delivery orders.

Starbucks employees in Buffalo, Rochester and Brighton, New York voted today to unionize the coffee shops where they work. In the recent wave of Starbucks unionizations, workers trying to unionize have been successful in 13 out of 14 elections.

Housing Works, an advocacy organization that supports the homeless and people living with HIV/AIDS, announced today that it plans to open two new overdose prevention centers in New York City, one in Midtown and one on the Lower East Side. The centers would provide “supervised consumption services” for drug users.

The BA.2 Omicron subvariant is causing a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in New York City. The city’s current seven-day average– now about 15 hundred cases–has doubled in the last month. The city’s overall test positivity rate is about three percent. Manhattan’s is higher, at 6 percent. But hospitalizations have not risen significantly,

Mayor Eric Adams spoke today at the unveiling of a new exhibition in Times Square promoting theater and tourism. The exhibition features a row of 10-foot renditions of playbills from current Broadway shows. Adams said whenever we print a playbill…

Chicago is joining New York with an ad campaign encouraging Floridians to move north in response to the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. New York City bought billboards in five Florida cities that went up earlier this week, and today Chicago took out ads in three Southern newspapers.

Today is the opening day of the 2022 Major League Baseball Season. The Mets play the Nationals tonight in Washington. The Yankees were scheduled to play the Red Sox but were rained out. They’ll play the home game tomorrow.

This is Lucy Grindon, Columbia Radio News


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