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Senate passes bill to keep post offices open

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The U.S. Senate is pushing to preserve as many post offices and processing centers as possible, despite opposition from the Postal Service.

Today in you Morning Trail Mix:

AG Schneiderman asks the Public Services Commission to take action against Verizon.

Buffalo's school district questions cutoff of state funds.

The space shuttle Enterprise gives New York a fly by.

Cutbacks

A Senate bill would prevent 3,700 post offices and many processing centers from closing. The bill includes an $11 billion one-time payment but is opposed by the Postal Service and would have to be passed by the Republican-controlled House. (Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News)

A case filed by a group of small-city schools in New York has reached the state's highest court. The schools claim the state has underfunded these schools, leading to drastic increases in local taxes. (Scott Waldman, Times-Union)

School officials from Buffalo went to Albany to fight the state's decision to cancel funding because of an inadequate teacher evaluation system. (Mary Pasciak, Buffalo News)

Now that the space shuttle program is shuttering its doors, the retirement tour continues today in NYC. (Mark Memmott, NPR)

Money

Executives at Long Island non-profits are living well - 120 earn above 200,000 a year and six make more than a million. The governor has called for limits on their pay but little progress has been made. (Robert Lewis, Newsday)

Regulation

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will check up on the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. A 2009 investigation found $1 million in collusion and bid-rigging. (Rick Karlin, Times-Union)

The state's attorney general says Verizon's neglect of its landline subscribers in New York means 92 percent of their customers receive poor service. (AP)

A bill passed by the House of Representatives allows companies to share with the government information gathered online. (AP)

A 92-year-old Long Island resident is one of the world's biggest bootleggers, copying movies illegally and sending them to U.S. troops overseas. (Alan Schwarz, New York Times)

The federal health care law requires that 80 percent of premiums go to actual health-related expenses. Insurance companies will send out $1.3 billion in rebates this year because of that rule. (AP)

Energy

DEC commissioner Joe Martens says his agency will consider local laws before issuing gas drilling permits. (Jon Campbell, Press & Sun-Bulletin)

The governor wants to see major improvements made to the state's power grid, but no one is sure just how that will happen yet. (Marie Cusick, WMHT/Innovation Trail)

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