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North Country border towns caught in the middle of Canada-U.S. trade tensions

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:00
President Trump and his trade team have threatened to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, and they want major concessions from Canada. Those talks turned ugly this week, with new U.S. tariffs already in place and Canada promising to retaliate July 1. The North Country's border towns are caught between the two sides. Much of the region's economy is integrated with that of Canada, and some business leaders worry that the trade battle is damaging a decades-old economic partnership.
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Lake Ontario flood threat decreases

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:00
It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:00
There's a chance for rain here and there, but it's going to be another great weekend weather-wise in the Adirondacks.
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Slideshow: "Garden Graces" by Mary Lou Reid in Saranac Lake

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
The current featured artist exhibit at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake, NY is "Garden Graces," recent work by Mary Lou Reid designed to be displayed outdoors in garden or yard. The show runs through June 30.
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Nixon: Raise taxes on rich to fund $7.3B plan for NY schools

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3 billion plan to boost education from preschool through college.
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Cuomo's "red flag" gun bill advances

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow parents or teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students is advancing in the Legislature.
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Health groups push to raise smoking age to 21

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state.
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US-Canada trade talks sounding less neighborly, more like messy divorce

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
Some experts say a dangerous line has already been crossed and a full-scale trade war is more likely.
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Bitcoin miners brainstorm - and face skepticism - at Plattsburgh cryptocurrency summit

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
Cryptocurrency developers have set up shop in places like Watertown, Massena, Plattsburgh, and Rouses Point. They're hoping to get a share of the low-cost electricity those towns get from the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River. But they can't, at least not yet. The developers, or miners, face a lot of skepticism - so much that the New York Power Authority passed a moratorium on giving them any discounted electricity. Bitcoin miners had their chance to talk directly to NYPA last week at a cryptocurrency summit at SUNY Plattsburgh.
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Teachers union serenades Senate to push for bill

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
The state's largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.
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Poll shows Cuomo ahead of opponents, but governor isn't taking any chances

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
A Siena poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, in his re-election bid.
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The tent caterpillar: nemesis of orchard and yard

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:00
A common (if unwelcome) sight on trees in the apple and cherry family is the nest of the tent caterpillar, whose voracious appetite can completely strip a tree of foliage. These moth larvae are unusual, both in their engineering feats and their social organization.
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Stefanik disappointed with Trump rhetoric on Trudeau, trade with Canada

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican, is a supporter of President Donald Trump. But on some of the issues that have defined his first term in the White House, she has sharply disagreed with the president. That's happening now again. Stefanik is criticizing Trump and his administration's combative rhetoric on Canada and Trump's repeated promises to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (or NAFTA.)
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Finding a peaceful spot as the busy Adirondack summer kicks in

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
You know we might think the summer tourism season starts on Memorial Day weekend, but really it doesn�t kick in until the school year ends, and that�ll be next week or so. You can get soft ice cream starting in late May, but it's often just too cold to get into the summer spirit.Here to talk about the start of summer in the Tri-Lakes area is Peter Crowley, managing editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake.
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Ontario premier-designate Ford to meet with industry reps on NAFTA

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
Premier-designate Doug Ford is to meet with industry representatives today to discuss the troubled NAFTA negotiations.
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NY21: In Democratic primary, big questions about the soul of the Democratic Party

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
Democrats running for the North Country NY21 House seat met in a final debate late night ahead of the June 26 primary. They talked a lot about the soul of their own party.
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A new era for Gouverneur's zinc mines brings 200 jobs

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
A zinc mine in St. Lawrence County is getting a new lease on life. A Canadian company is again producing zinc at the former Balmat mines near Gouverneur.
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Lawmakers vote to eliminate cash bail

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Assembly has voted to eliminate the requirement for cash bail in most criminal cases.
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GOP leader: Cuomo playing politics with school shootings

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The leader of the New York state Senate is accusing Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of playing politics with school security.
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Cuomo touts anti-sexual harassment policy; political opponents say it falls short

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.
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