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North Country politicians weigh in on Syria

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:00
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she supports President Trump's missile strike on Syria. In a statement, Stefanik said the attack on Syrian chemical facilities was an appropriate response to the Assad government's "use of chemical weapons against civilians." Stefanik, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and represents the Fort Drum Army base, also praised the US military and said she was praying for the safety of service-members.
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Cynthia Nixon wins Working Families Party endorsement

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:00
TV's Sex and the City star and education advocate Cynthia Nixon won the endorsement of the minor party Working Families Party at a meeting in Albany Saturday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party's nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon.
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Iowa Pacific is removing mothballed tanker cars from Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:00
It appears that dozens of mothballed tanker cars stored in the Adirondack Park are being removed by Iowa Pacific. A video posted to Facebook late last week showed 19 of the controversial cars being hauled out of the North Creek area.
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Cynthia Nixon wins Working Families Party endorsement

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 22:00
TV's Sex and the City star and education advocate Cynthia Nixon won the endorsement of the minor party Working Families Party at a meeting in Albany Saturday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party's nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon.
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Skiing to the top of New York (and we don't mean the Empire State building)

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
Brian Mann has been exploring some of the high country in the Adirondacks, places where snow is still deep. One of his favorite early spring ski trips was to the summit of Mt. Marcy, highest of the High Peaks. The trip isn't for the faint of heart. The climb is more than 3,000 vertical feet and weather conditions on Marcy are often fierce.
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Feds want more financial information in Vermont Yankee deal

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A regulatory agency says it needs more financial information before it approves the Vermont Yankee sale.
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Cuomo signs legislation aimed at protecting public unions

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation aimed at protecting union membership in the state should a pending U.S. Supreme Court case end in an adverse ruling for labor unions representing government workers.
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Audit: State check-off funds not being distributed promptly

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Despite New York legislation enacted three years ago to get personal income tax check-off donations to charitable causes quicker, millions of dollars still haven't been distributed to designated recipients.
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After a 90-year fight to reform NY's courts ... what's changed?

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
There are more than 1,200 justice courts scattered across towns and villages in New York State. We don't hear about them very often, unless something goes wrong.
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Lambing season lessons at North Country School: "Mostly it's awe inspiring"

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
If there's a harbinger of spring in the North Country, it's likely the sight of newborn lambs. The lambs are coming fast and furious on the farm at North Country School, near Lake Placid. Some of the students have been spending sleepless nights to make sure the flock's birthing goes well this month. Ninth graders have been assigned, in teams, to the annual "Lamb Lookout." North Country School is a boarding and day school for kids from around the world in grades four through nine. The 200-acre campus, near Lake Placid, includes five acres of gardens and a farm with horses, pigs, chickens and a flock of sheep. For many of the students, witnessing a ewe give birth is a first time experience. Todd Moe caught up with Gavi Mallory, Assistant Farm Manager, and some of her students by phone. Mallory says putting on barn boots and staying up all night for Lamb Lookout is another part of the school's curriculum.
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Watch: "Easter Sunday" - Nathalie Thill at the Howl Grand Slam

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell a story from her college days in Washington, DC in the early 90s, when she lived in a neighborhood that was overrun by the crack epidemic. But for one day, the daily tragedy that defined the neighborhood was replaced by a brighter, more hopeful, celebratory mood. Recorded live at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton, NY on November 4, 2017.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:00
Rain and warm temperatures will help raise the levels of rivers and streams. Expect the full range of mixed precipitation through the weekend, including the possibility of several inches of new snow and high winds at higher elevations on Sunday, before rain is expected that could produce some minor flooding through Tuesday. Before headed into the woods, always check the most recent weather report.
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Suspected pipe bomb found along upstate New York tracks

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) A section of plastic pipe with protruding wires has been removed from an area near railroad tracks in upstate New York and sent to an FBI lab for examination.
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Schumer to feds: Release funds for state VA medical centers

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for much-needed upgrades at VA hospitals across New York state.
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Mental health services for Ontario First Nations being expanded

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
OTTAWA The federal and Ontario governments are putting up $5 million each to establish 19 new mental wellness teams for First Nations communities.
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How does NY go about turning a regular person into a judge?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
This week, we're taking a close look at a part of the justice system we don't hear much about. That's your local village or town court and the justices who preside over them.
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Can a revived Frontier Town open a new gateway to the Adirondacks?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
Frontier Town in Essex County is coming back to life. That was the message yesterday in the tiny town of North Hudson, as state and local officials and one local business-owner broke ground on a massive new tourism project.
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Painting on the walls: art transforms an Indian Lake school hallway

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
Students and faculty at Indian Lake Central School pitched-in recently to add some color to one of the school's hallways.They spend the last few weeks helping to design and paint a mural that stretches most of the length of the second floor.The design features bright colors and reflects academic themes including reading, languages, visual arts and music. Todd Moe stopped by recently to check it out with art teacher Lauren Arsenault.
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Nixon, Cuomo offer different approaches to legalizing marijuana

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's studying the issue.
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What makes a new species?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:00
What draws the line between one species and another?
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