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Governor Cuomo continues his push to make New York State the Greek yogurt capital of the country. 

Cuomo is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pick New York to implement the strained Greek yogurt pilot program. USDA officials are working on a pilot program to test the cost-effectiveness of including Greek yogurt in school meal programs.

Cuomo says New York is the nation's leader in Greek yogurt production and is a "natural fit" for such a program.


State officials are working to bring a new exam to New York that will replace the GED. 

The state has awarded an $8.4 million, 3-year contract to a unit of McGraw-Hill to create a new exam that would replace the GED as the Empire State's main high school equivalency test. 

Officials say the new test will still cover numerous topics like reading, language arts, math, science and history. Increased costs concerning the GED led the state to look for new alternative exams.


Governor Cuomo is opening the door for mixed martial arts events in the state. 

Cuomo says he'd think long and hard about an MMA bill if it reached his desk, saying UFC and other MMA events would be a potential boon for revenue for the state. 

The state Senate passed the latest bill approving MMA matches in New York State, but previous bills have stalled in the Assembly.


Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous is working to keep the fracking moratorium bill from coming to a vote in his chamber. 

Libous is a staunch hydrofracking supporter and says he doesn't want to see the recent bill that would ban any fracking until 2015 at the earliest even make it to the Senate floor for a vote. 

The Assembly passed the bill regarding the moratorium on the controversial natural gas drilling procedure earlier this week.

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