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N.Y. noncoms may get state help for digital

New York's state legislature may be willing to go into debt to help
convert the state's nine public-television stations to digital.

A bill that would pay up to $30 million of the conversion -- estimated at
about 25 percent -- was introduced with bipartisan support.

Steuben County Republican Sen. John Kuhl Jr., a principal sponsor of a bill
that would have the state use bonds to cover its contributions -- with state
funds stretched since Sept. 11 -- said, 'We want to extend support to the PBS
stations and their educational efforts, but we currently don't have $30 million.
This is a one-time kind of expense.'

Kuhl said he believes the bill has a good chance of