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The future of Africa in Montreal's music scene

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
Tuesday makes the first day of a week of free outdoor concerts in Montreal celebrating the music of Africa. The Festival Nuits D'Afrique is celebrating its 32nd year. Dozens of bands from all over the world come to play in North America's biggest festival of pan-African music.
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Former NYS Senate Leader and son convicted in federal corruption trial

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and his son Adam were found guilty of federal corruption charges in a retrial that ended Tuesday.
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Adirondack loon count this weekend, volunteers wanted

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) An environmental group counting loons on Adirondack lakes and ponds is looking for volunteers to help.
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Invasive plant leaves woman with severe burns

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont woman says her brush up with a plant left her with painful, large blisters comparable to a second degree burn.
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Flat Rock forest fire draws massive response as 500 acres burn

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
Crews from New York state and Quebec are hoping for rain after five days on the fire line.
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Food stamp recipients may lose benefits at farmers markets

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
People who use food stamps may no longer be able to redeem their benefits at farmers markets after the end of the month. Because of a federal change in contracts, a Texas-based company will no longer process the transactions.
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North Country at Work: June McKenney on camp nursing in Indian Lake

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
Crafts with power tools, horse riding, archery, slingshot, riflery - these are all fun camp activities boys could choose from at Northern Frontier Camp in the Adirondacks, but try to imagine that same list from the perspective of the camp nurse, who was responsible for the well-being and safety of 250 staff and campers at any one time. June McKenney worked 16 years as camp nurse for Northern Frontier Camp, a Christian boys' camp located between Indian Lake and North Creek, at the end of a 3.5 mile dirt road. She says "it was the best part of my nursing career."
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Cuomo challenger says state lawmakers must share the blame for troubled program

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:00
Opponents to incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 governor's race are continuing to weigh in on the corruption convictions of the former head of Cuomo's economic development programs. Independent candidate for governor and the former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says it's not just Cuomo and his administration, who are to blame.
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7/16/18: Albany jail tries to heal its migrant detainees

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
More than 300 migrants detained by the federal government on immigration violations are being held at the Albany County jail. The sheriff is working with immigrant advocates to make their lives better while they wait for a hearing. david Sommerstein hosts.
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NY sends 3rd set of volunteers to aid Puerto Rico rebuilding

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A third set of 100 New York college students and construction workers is headed to Puerto Rico to help rebuilding after Hurricane Maria's heavy blow to the island last year.
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Cuomo: Keep allowing food stamp program use at farm markets

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written to federal officials urging them to renew a policy allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers' markets.
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In the garden: Dry, drier, but not yet driest

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
The upside: this is great sunny summer weather for swimming, boating, picnics and parades. But gardeners' flowers and vegetables are bearing the brunt. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy talks about one dry-weather tomato problem, blossom end rot, and what to do about it.
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NY21 race gets fierce early, with attack ads and secret recording

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
In politics that's a sign of respect. Stefanik is taking Cobb seriously.
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Albany's jail trying to restore health and faith of immigrant detainees

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
The Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy dealing with immigrants who cross the border illegally has created a detention crisis across the country.
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Cuomo releases report favoring marijuana legalization

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a study from state health officials that finds the state could benefit by legalizing marijuana. The report cites growing public support for a regulated legal marijuana program, and says a state-run system protects consumer from risks encountered in the black market sale of the drug. It says it could also create over 200,000 new jobs, and bring $700 million in tax revenue to the state.
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North Country at Work: June McKenney on camp nursing in Indian Lake

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
Crafts with power tools, horse riding, archery, slingshot, riflery - these are all fun camp activities boys could choose from at Northern Frontier Camp in the Adirondacks, but try to imagine that same list from the perspective of the camp nurse, who was responsible for the well-being and safety of 250 staff and campers at any one time. June McKenney worked 16 years as camp nurse for Northern Frontier Camp, a Christian boys' camp located between Indian Lake and North Creek, at the end of a 3.5 mile dirt road. She says "it was the best part of my nursing career."
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Cuomo: No need to further fix system that led to corruption convictions

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:00
The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has renewed calls to reform the governor's multibillion-dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid-rigging cases. But Cuomo said the problem is already fixed.
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A first-timer tries the "Ride for the River"

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:00
The Ausable River Association's annual Ride for the River is coming up this Sunday, July 15. Each year since 2013 the AsRA has organized short and long bike routes that feature the river.
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NY to allow medical marijuana as alternative to opioids

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will soon allow anyone prescribed an opioid to request medical marijuana instead.
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NOAA Forecasts Lake Erie algae bloom this summer

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:00
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a significant algae bloom for Lake Erie.
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