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Stefanik voted to release controversial memo, despite FBI's "grave" concerns

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in favor of releasing a controversial memo compiled by the House Intelligence committee's Republican majority. The document appears to suggest wrong-doing by the FBI, which one GOP lawmaker described as "abuses that go to the core of our democracy."
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Cuomo: New York State will help 70 flood-affected families in Plattsburgh

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh on Wednesday with some big announcements. He said the state will provide up to $7 million to help residents of a mobile home park that flooded last month. An ice jam on the Saranac River in the southern part of the city caused the flooding in Underwood Estates, which is home to about 200 people.
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Judge rules in favor of city in Watertown firefighters' contract dispute; legal battles continue

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
There's been another development in the long legal battle between the city of Watertown and the local firefighters' union. On Tuesday a State Supreme Court judge issued a key ruling in favor the city. But the battle is far from over.
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Report finds Hudson River PCB contamination was widespread

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Government trustees assessing harm to the Hudson River from PCB pollution say water contamination levels were sometimes hundreds of times higher than state and federal thresholds.
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Sweet job: Trio of judges select Vermont's best maple syrup

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) In the leading maple syrup producing state in the country, Vermont residents take their pancake topping seriously, and so do the judges at the annual maple contest at the Vermont Farm Show.
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Lawmakers hear opposing sides on domestic violence gun bill

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers are talking about a bill that would allow police to temporarily remove guns from someone arrested for domestic violence.
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North Country wins more than $100 million to expand high-speed internet access

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
While he was in Plattsburgh on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced additional state funding to expand access to high-speed internet in the North Country. The region won over $100 million in the state's latest round of New NY Broadband grants. "You get the most money from any of the other regions. Doesn't mean I necessarily love you more," Cuomo said. "It is because the North Country was harder to cover, and that's why the state had to invest more to get that (broadband) coverage."
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This Lake Placid garage holds the secret to making world-class luge sleds

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
If football is a game of inches, the Olympic sledding sport, luge, is a game of millimeters. Athletes rocket feet first down an icy track faster than 90 miles per hour.The design of the sled itself can save fractions of a second, and help lift athletes to the medal podium or drag them to the middle of the pack.
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Adirondack lakes recover from acid rain, but with an altered ecosystem

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
The success of the Clean Air Act in reducing acid deposition in Adirondack lakes is an under-reported good news story. Many lakes once devoid of life can now support healthy fish populations and other aquatic life.But as Curt Stager discusses with Martha Foley, the life that returns to recolonize the water is not the same as what was lost. Sediment cores show that the original algae and plankton varieties that form the base of the food chain and were unchanged for hundreds of years are being replaced by different varieties. A balance has been restored, but it's a new balance, tipped perhaps by warming, and by invasive species.
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Senate Democrats hope April special election flips control to them

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections to be held April 24 to fill two empty Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.
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Cuomo: New York State will help 70 flood-affected families in Plattsburgh

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants New York State to provide up to $7 million to repair and replace damaged homes in Underwood Estates mobile home park in the City of Plattsburgh. The governor also launched a three-month rental assistance program for the displaced residents, and he said the State Department of Environmental Conservation will reconstruct a berm to protect the community from future flooding.
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Why all the hate for NY's new handgun database?

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
Today is the official deadline for thousands of handgun owners to register those guns with New York State Police. It's part of a new process called 're-certification.' By law, anybody who fails to contact state police and share updated information about their firearms could face criminal charges.
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Slideshow: "Catching the Light," Art of Kristina Mueller and Lee Ann Sporn, opens Friday at NorthWind

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
A new duo exhibit, "Catching the Light," features the paintings and drawings of Lee Ann Sporn and the jewelry of Kristina Mueller. The exhibit was inspired by the seemingly magical transformation of natural objects by their interplay with light. It opens Friday, February 2 at the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY with a reception from 5-7 pm.
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Canton and Potsdam get first look at bypass options

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
About 200 Canton and Potsdam residents got their first look Tuesday night at possible bypasses around the busy villages. The state Department of Transportation is three years into a $2.5 million study of traffic in Canton and Potsdam and along the eight miles of Route 11 that connects them.Opinions differed sharply about how to ease congestion in the area, and whether there's even much of a traffic problem at all.
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Tibetan music, Indian dance to welcome the new year in Saranac Lake

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
Two Adirondack artists will host an afternoon of traditional Tibetan music and Indian classical dance in Saranac Lake on Sunday.Born in exile and trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in India, Techung moved to the U.S. in 1987 to continue his musical career. He's given concerts and worked with students at SUNY Plattsburgh. Techung and his wife, Sisa Salgado, settled in Lake Placid. They own the Tibetan gift shop, "Vision of Tibet," and are working on a Tibetan music preservation project.Their concert Sunday will be held at Inner Quest Yoga & Wellness Center in Saranac Lake at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. For reservations: 518-354-2425.A trained classical dancer, Sisa Salgado has lead a cultural project called "The Dance Road" for the last few years. Techung and Sisa spoke with Todd Moe about bringing together centuries-old culture and historical connections between Tibet and India through their music and dance. Techung will share stories and music to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan Lunar New Year.
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Third GOP candidate declares race against Cuomo

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:00
A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thinks it's time for a change.
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Senior GOP state lawmaker files to run for NY governor

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A senior Republican state senator has filed the paperwork to run for governor of New York.
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EPA to conduct more post-dredging studies of Hudson River

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The federal Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct additional studies of the Hudson River as it considers the effectiveness of a $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup.
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Sledder Erin Hamlin carves shining Olympic career in era of Olympic grit

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
We talk a lot about the things that cloud these Winter Olympic Games. The Russian doping scandal, the big corporate money, the complicated politics on the Korean peninsula. That stuff is all real.But it is important to remember that for a lot of American athletes, this moment is still about an ideal and an adventure. A case in point is Erin Hamlin, a luge sled-racer from Remsen here in northern New York whose history-making Olympic journey is nearing its end.
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