New York - After two years of tense negotiations between state officials and union leaders, an agreement over how New York teachers will be evaluated has been reached.  Student test scores and classroom observations will be used to assess educators.  The deadline for the agreement was yesterday.  Fortunately, with a deal being met, New York will now receive $1 billion in federal funding. 

New York  - A government panel is favoring the expansion of a $2.76 billion aid program.  The panel feels the money should also be distributed to anyone who has at least some type of cancer as a result from the attack on the World Trade Center.  Scientists have yet to see a strong correlation between cancer and the 911 attacks.  Last year, Congress set aside a huge amount of money to compensate and treat those who were exposed to the clouds of toxic dust. 

Green Island - A man was pulled from the Hudson River Thursday after he jumped from the Green Island Bridge.  Green Island police helped the man from the river and got him transported to Albany Medical Center for an evaluation.  According to police, he jumped from the bridge around 12:45pm. 

Halfmoon - A graduate of Mechanicville High School died in a car crash Wednesday night.  18-year old Travis Taylor was involved in a one-car accident that injured two others after he lost control of his 2002 Chevy Cavalier.  The accident happened on Johnson Road in Halfmoon.  Taylor died at the scene after the car hit a telephone pole.  His two passengers were taken to Albany Med and are expected to recover. 

Catskills - State transportation officials have re-opened a key road that was heavily damaged from last year’s tropical storms.  Governor Cuomo says Route 42 in Greene County is the last of the roads and bridges to be reopened.  Final paving is set to be completed sometime in the spring. 

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Entertainment - If you enjoy the “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, you might not see a new episode for a while.  The show is mysteriously off the air.  A new episode was supposed to air this past Wednesday, however; a repeat aired instead.  The only explanation the network could give about the airing of repeats was because it was “due to unforeseen circumstances.”