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With session waning, lawmakers try to forge agreements

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 22:00
Legislative leaders have announced an agreement in principle on nine bills that they say will extend and strengthen New York City’s rent laws. It’s part of an effort to get a number of bills passed before adjournment later in June.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Big overhaul underway at Olympic venues

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
It's been almost 40 years since the 1980 Winter Olympic Games changed the skyline and much more around Lake Placid. Now New York state is set to invest tens of millions of dollars to make the village a major international winter sports hub for the next 40 years. The aging Olympic venues are getting a major makeover, adding tourist appeal as well as making serious upgrades at the competition venues. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, or ORDA, started work in April at the ski jumps that tower over the village. Last week bids were approved for an overhaul at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg. That's where races are run in cross-country skiing, biathlon, bobsled, luge and skeleton.
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Cuomo names new commission to find "common sense" approach to flooded shorelines

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is tasking a new commission with finding new ways to harden shorelines along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
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Last Akwesasne wartime code talker dies at 94

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
The last surviving Mohawk code talker to serve in World War II has died. Levi Oakes was 94 years old. He was one of a handful of people from the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation who helped the military send coded messages in their native language to avoid detection by the enemy.
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Immigrant driver's license bill gets a boost

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
A leading business group has come out in favor of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, increasing the chances of the bill’s passage in the state Legislature this year.
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Senate leader says Cuomo is "stressed"

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
The leader of the state Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, says the pressures of forging agreements on major pieces of legislation might be getting to Governor Andrew Cuomo. She was asked about disparaging comments that Cuomo made about the Senate in recent days.
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Did a dinosaur drink my water?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
In an earlier conversation on the natural world, Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talked about the longevity of atoms, and how atoms within our body may have once been in the bodies of dinosaurs. But the question remains, is that true of water? How old is it, really?
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New York mulls ending ban on paid surrogacy contracts

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Legislature could soon repeal a longstanding ban on paid surrogacy contracts, in which a woman is compensated for carrying the child of another person or couple.
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Tuition will only go up 1% at Vermont State Colleges System

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Tuition at the Vermont State Colleges System will only increase by 1% this fall because of a boost in state funding. The $2.5 million in funding will reduce a 3% tuition increase for undergraduate Vermont students that was scheduled to go into effect this fall.
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Plattsburgh coach and daughter profess love for lacrosse

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 17:00
Middle schooler Emilee Geiger and her coach, and mom, Christie Lee share a love for the sport of lacrosse.
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North Country at Work: Remembering 37 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Rouses Point

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 22:00
Wyeth Pharmaceutical in Rouses Point employed 1,700 people in the year 2000. It was still one of the largest employers in the North Country five years later, when it first announced it would close.
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