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WASHINGTON (AP) Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State manufacturing index in February rose to 18.7 from 6.5, reaching the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero indicates expansion. 

color:#333333">BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who stand to gain from the nation's most ambitious free-tuition proposal point to a sobering reality: Free tuition doesn't mean free college.


CORNELL, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University officials say the Ivy League school will use a household products company's $150 million gift to bolster the college's business schools.

H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of Racine, Wisconsin-based S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., joined Cornell officials in Ithaca on Tuesday night to outline the plans for the donation, the largest made to the university's upstate campus.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications alleging that the cable and internet provider failed to deliver on promised internet speeds and reliability. 

Charter's subsidiary, Spectrum, was previously known as Time Warner Cable. 

The lawsuit filed by the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claims the company failed to address network problems that led to slower-than-promised speeds. 

The lawsuit seeks compensation for customers.  

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to tweak one of his signature economic development programs.

Under a proposal contained in Cuomo's state budget plan Start-Up NY would be renamed the Excelsior Business Program. It would also get new rules intended to make it more successful.

Start-Up was created to jumpstart new and innovative companies but has had only modest success so far. A report issued last year showed the program generated 408 new jobs in its first two years.

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