The U.S. Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to jump back into the national debate over gun rights after nearly a decade on the sidelines, and will consider a petition backed by gun owners’ groups asking them to strike down New York City’s strict rules for carrying legally owned guns outside the home.

The court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue, reversing lower-court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing its plans.

Voice of America has been busy for the past month covering the partial government shutdown. But unlike other major news outlets, many of its reporters are working without pay, victims of the shutdown themselves.

With the federal shutdown entering its fifth week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed SUNY and CUNY to waive late fees and postpone payments that may be due from students who are affected by the closure, which has left 800,000 federal employees without paychecks since December.

The Academy unveiled its 2019 Oscar nominations early this morning, with The Favourite and Roma leading all films with 10 apiece.

Advocates are both welcoming and condemning a proposal tucked into Cuomo’s budget plan that would impose tough new financial and reporting requirements on New York’s substantial for-profit, or proprietary, education industry, which came following the departure of IDC Chair Jeff Klein – a key backer of for-profit schools.

Queens Democratic Assemblyman Brian Barnwell is expected to introduce a bill this week to revamp the board that oversees the MTA, but instead of centralizing power as Cuomo suggests, it would have an eight-member voting bloc. The board currently has 14 votes.

A legally-mandated state commission that was meant to examine the challenges in counting New York’s population for the 2020 Census and craft recommendations to achieve an accurate count has not been named despite having already missed a January 10 deadline for issuing its initial report.

Almost one in three New Yorkers would face higher costs under a proposed single-payer health plan, and half of the worse-off group would be low- or middle-income, according to a new report from the Empire Center.

The Penn Station access project has finally gotten the green light. Cuomo said the MTA, Empire State Development, and Amtrak have struck a deal that would expand Metro-North service to the East Bronx.

With the state’s electric grid continuing to evolve, and the market structure in transition, the New York Independent System Operator today released a multi-year strategic plan focused on addressing these changing dynamics with precision and innovation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended NYCHA after more than 10,000 public housing residents had heat and hot water outages on the coldest day of the year by saying the issues were fixed “fast,” in nine hours.

Saying he “can no longer stand back and allow four more years like this,” former State Police Maj. William T. Keeler announced he’ll challenge embattled Mayor Shawn Morse in the Democratic primary on June 25.

Opening statements in the corruption retrial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano offered dueling narratives, with the prosecution saying Mangano enriched himself at the expense of taxpayers and the defense discounting the quid pro quo in Mangano’s relationships.

CBS has sacked a Super Bowl ad by a cannabis company that calls for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Chelsea Clinton is expecting her third child with financier husband Marc Mezvinsky, she says.

No matter what you’ve heard, Niagara Falls is not frozen.