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Expect snow, not ice on the Great Lakes this winter

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that's expected to continue this year.
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Study: Syracuse highway tunnel would cost up to $4.5 billion

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A state study says a tunnel to replace a mile of aging highway in Syracuse is feasible but would cost up to $4.5 billion and take a decade to build.
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Propane-filled tankers parked on railroads worry neighbors

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) Some Vermont residents and lawmakers are concerned that propane-filled tanker cars parked on railroads could pose a danger to nearby residential areas.
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After the lights dim, Rockefeller Christmas trees still give

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes.
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NY farmers to announce results of donated food drive

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York will soon unwrap an annual holiday present from its farmers.The New York Farm Bureau on Tuesday will announce the results of its annual "Harvest for All" program that encourages farmers to donate local agricultural products to state food banks.
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NY, NJ, CA governors condemn tax overhaul

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
The governors of New York, California and New Jersey on Monday strongly condemned the GOP tax bill now before Congress, saying it is unfair to their states and will wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.In a conference call, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the federal tax overhaul plan that severely restricts state and local tax deductions is "political retaliation" against 12 states that are run by Democrats.
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After reshaping the U.S. (and Upstate NY) General Electric is in crisis

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
When General Electric's new CEO John Flannery spoke to investors and analysts last month, he acknowledged things are bad. "I was forced to confront a lot of sort of deeper questions about this company," he said. "Why do we exist? How do we impact the world for the next 100 years the same way we have for the last 100 years?"
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Fiscal Policy Institute: A third of NYers will pay more under Senate tax bill

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
Ron Deutsch, with the left-leaning think tank Fiscal Policy Institute says there's nothing positive in the tax overhaul plan for New Yorkers. He says the middle class and the poor in New York will pay more under the Senate's tax overhaul plan.
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Getting real: holiday decorating with fresh greenery

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
A front door or porch decked out for the holidays speaks to the spirit of the season. Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative in Clinton and Essex counties, shares some tips for finding and arranging winter greenery, including wreaths, boughs and garlands.
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Two admit to hindering police in fatal 2016 boat crash

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Two friends have admitted to helping a man convicted in the death of an 8-year-old girl evade police following a fatal 2016 boat crash on Lake George.
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Cuomo says NY sending 1,000 water filters to Puerto Rico

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Como says 1,000 water filtration systems will be distributed to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico though a $1 million privately funded New York initiative.
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Group says Canada should spend more on Great Lakes protection

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
A Canadian environmental group says the federal government isn't putting enough money into efforts to restore the health of the Great Lakes.
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North Country at Work: how photographer Henry M. Beach captured Northern New York

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
Spend enough time in a museum or historical society in the North Country and you're bound to run across the name Henry M. Beach, often written in white, capital letters across a postcard. Henry was one of the region's earliest photographers. He was untrained, but in many ways he was ahead of his time - most of his shots are outdoors and capture daily life, in stark comparison with posed studio shots. He also had a really good sense of humor, and liked to "doctor" his photos.
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After reshaping the US (and Upstate NY) General Electric is in crisis

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
When General Electric's new CEO John Flannery spoke to investors and analysts last month, he acknowledged things are bad. "I was forced to confront a lot of sort of deeper questions about this company," he said. "Why do we exist? How do we impact the world for the next 100 years the same way we have for the last 100 years?"
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Key Democratic senator lowers expectations on reunification

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 22:00
A leading Senate Democrat said if a planned unification between rival factions in the State Senate occurs, don't expect any immediate action on key items like women's reproductive rights, public financing of campaigns and transgender rights.
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Key Democratic senator lowers expectations on reunification

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 17:00
A leading Senate Democrat said if a planned unification between rival factions in the State Senate occurs, don't expect any immediate action on key items like women's reproductive rights, public financing of campaigns and transgender rights.
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"No credible threat" found at CVPH, lockdown lifted

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:00
Update, 3:37 PM: Law enforcement agencies conducted a thorough search and found "no credible threat" at UVM Health Network's Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, according to a statement from hospital officials. The hospital had received a bomb threat through its website just after 10 AM and the main campus had been locked down for much of the day. Plattsburgh City Police said they were working with the FBI, State Police, and the Clinton County Sheriff's Department to investigate this morning's threat.Previously: The search of the facility was still underway as of 1:30 PM, CVPH's Chris Blake said. "Staff is doing an amazing job caring for our patients - they are an exceptional group of professionals. ER remains open and scheduled surgeries are occurring," she said. The hospital was also posting hourly updates on its Facebook page.CVPH in Plattsburgh received a bomb threat this morning and the main campus was under lockdown out of an abundance of caution."A little before 10 AM this morning, we received a bomb threat through our website and that prompted us to issue a security alert within the facility and to contact the authorities," CVPH spokeswoman Chris Blake said over the phone.Plattsburgh City Police and New York State Police were searching the campus with a bomb-sniffing dog, Blake said.
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Amish death reminder of buggy hazards on North Country roads

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:00
A St. Lawrence County Amish man was killed Wednesday evening when his buggy was struck by an SUV. The death is a reminder to drivers of the hazards of Amish buggies, especially during the dark North Country winters.
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Photo of the Day maven Rod MacIvor frames the dramatic and sublime

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:00
Countless photographers have sent their images in to NCPR's Photo of the Day feature over its 12-year history, but one of the most consistently outstanding contributors is Rod MacIvor of Ottawa.
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Enrollment in health coverage through NY marketplace is up

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials say nearly 46,000 new enrollees have signed up for health plan coverage through New York's official state marketplace in the first four weeks of open enrollment.
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