Ryan Kailath

Ryan Kailath is WWNO's Coastal Reporter. He has reported for NPR and APM, as well as public radio stations in California, Texas and New York. He has also produced stories for podcasts like PRI's Afropop Worldwide, WNYC's Note to Self and Radiotopia's The Heart. Find him on Twitter @.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials without a judicial warrant may no longer enter New York courthouses in order to observe or arrest immigrants, according to new rules from the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York Unified Court System.

Immigration advocates have pushed for the change for two years, after ICE began aggressively pursuing immigrants for arrest in and around state courts.

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A change that took effect in the recent state budget legislation may have a big impact in immigrant communities.

It’s called the One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act, or One Day Act, and it changes the maximum sentence for Class A misdemeanors from 365 days to 364 days.

The change means these convictions will no longer trigger automatic deportation proceedings. Immigrants convicted of Class A misdemeanors may still be deported, but the change gives judges more discretion on a case-by-case basis.

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The new mugshot legislation that passed in the state budget this month has been sometimes described as a mugshot "ban." That’s not entirely accurate -- most local law enforcement agencies will be able to choose whether they make mugshots public or not.

Ron Holdraker is known for publishing mugshots in his newspaper, the Times of Wayne County. Anyone with a misdemeanor arrest or higher is featured in print and online.

Holdraker said mugshots are his most popular section, along with obituaries, and that this new legislation won’t stop him from featuring them.

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Demand for natural gas is growing across the Northeast. Meanwhile, natural gas production is booming in Pennsylvania.

Connecting the two requires building pipelines across New York state -- something Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation have persistently blocked, declining to grant the necessary water quality permits.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump may have handed pipeline developers a new weapon, signing executive orders aimed at clearing up red tape in the oil and gas industry.

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While it seems unlikely that the White House or Treasury will comply with congressional Democrats' request to see President Donald Trump's tax returns this week, a group of New York state lawmakers is trying its own workaround — seeking the president's state tax returns instead.

"There’s a copy of President Trump’s New York state tax returns right here in New York state in an office somewhere," said Assemblyman David Buchwald.

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New York schoolteachers and their supporters rallied Monday in front of the New York Department of Education building in Albany.

They said not only were the recent state computer tests broken — standardized testing in New York is broken, period.

"These state tests go against everything we know to be best practice in assessment," said Laura Franz, president of the Albany Public School Teachers Association. "In fact, they’re causing harm."

The last unfinished Senate race of the election is nearly over.

State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, is the clear favorite to become the next Senator from Louisiana, despite an eleventh-hour fundraising surge from his Democratic opponent, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

On Friday, New Orleans received new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Overnight, more than half the population moved out of the so-called high-risk zone.

But with half the city at or below sea level and memories of massive flooding after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, some residents are worried these new maps send the wrong message.