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New York – An auditing firm claims spending on the World Trade Center is out of control.  The cost of the project has escalated by $4 billion over the last four years. Navigant Consulting reported Tuesday that the Port Authority of New and New Jersey is a dysfunctional organization.  Costs have gone from $11 billion in 2008 to $14.8 billion now.

New York – The state has agreed to pay $50,000 in order to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.  The claim was filed by a parole officer who accused top state officials of targeting him in a witch hunt after he testified about problems to the Division of Parole, six years ago.  Wayne Spence was one of several parole officers who raised public safety concerns and questioned parole policies.

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Albany – The Albany County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 people in a recent sweep over the Super Bowl weekend.  In total, 415 vehicles were pulled over between Friday night and Monday morning.  Sheriff Craig Apple said the average blood alcohol content was a .15, nearly twice the legal limit.  In 2010, over 1,000 cars were stopped and 25 arrests were made.

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Schoharie – There was a fire on Route 7 in Central Bridge Tuesday morning that forced a portion of the road to be closed down.  The blaze occurred at 3240 Route 7 near Wetsel Hollow Road.  As of Tuesday night, the extent of the fire and whether anyone was injured had not been disclosed.  According to the Department of Transportation, Route 7 was limited to one lane until further notice.

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