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NY cuts cancer programs in state budget


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is cutting funding for cancer screenings for the uninsured in a state budget that increases aid to the Buffalo Bills and Hollywood.
Cancer Society spokesman Blair Horner says Monday the budget will cut 5 percent from programs that provide free screenings for breast, colon and cervical cancer. He says the plan being voted on this week also cuts 5 percent from the program to reduce youth smoking. The reductions amount to about $3.5 million in the $135 billion budget.
Some advocates for the poor are questioning choices in the budget.
It also includes an expanded $420 million tax credit for film and TV productions, including the latest Spider-Man movie. The state will also spend $130 million on stadium renovations to help keep the NFL's Bills in Buffalo.

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