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Plastic bag ban gaining momentum in Albany

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 22:00
The sponsors of a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in New York are optimistic that the measures will be part of the new state budget. But there are still details to be worked out, including whether there should be a fee on paper bags.
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Sex and the City: the songbird episode

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 22:00
Can birds hear each other sing in the city? Birds listen closely to other bird songs and learn many things. Are they the right species? Do they sound healthy and attractive, like a good mate? But the loud urban environment can interfere with all that. In one study, male birds raised the pitch and volume of their mating songs in order to be heard over the urban din. Unfortunately, the females of the species seemed to prefer the traditional deeper-voiced song. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the mating and dating woes of city birds.
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Loss of art teacher inspires "Art of Learning" exhibit in Saranac Lake

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
The current exhibit at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake, NY showcases the value of arts education by pairing works of teaching artists with works by artists who are or were their students. The show was inspired in part by the announced decision of the Saranac Lake Central School District to not replace high school art teacher Valerie Patterson upon her retirement. Participants were all asked to write about how an art teacher or art class had an impact on their lives. All of their complete statements are on display along with the artwork.
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Fort Drum Sgt. who died stopping suicide bomber to receive Medal of Honor

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
In 2007 a soldier from Fort Drum was serving in Iraq when he threw himself on a suicide bomber. Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins was killed, but his actions saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers.
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Fort Drum's economic impact in the North Country almost $2 billion

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
The military base near Watertown creates thousands of jobs and makes up a big chunk of the North Country economy.
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Board fires Massena Hospital CEO

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
The Massena Memorial Hospital Board voted on Monday to remove interim CEO Charles Gijanto.
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Border Patrol captures 10 illegal migrants near U.S.-Canada border

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
The U.S. Border Patrol says agents caught ten illegal migrants in northern New York on Monday. Seven men crossed from Canada into the U.S. without proper papers near Fort Covington Monday afternoon. Later in the day, three more men were detained while crossing the border near Chateaugay.
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Ex-Canton jail kitchen supervisor admits having sex with inmates

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say the former kitchen supervisor for a northern New York jail has pleaded guilty to having sex with several inmates who worked for her.
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2 NY inmates charged with sending threatening letters to DA

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) Two convicted rapists have been indicted on charges of mailing white powder with letters threatening to blow up a western New York district attorney's office.
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County bans unvaccinated minors in public as measles spreads

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A county in New York City's northern suburbs is banning unvaccinated minors from public places to fight a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since October.
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Police, health officials warn of string of drug overdoses in Ottawa

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
OTTAWA Police and health officials are warning the public about a string of overdoses in Ottawa, at least two of which were fatal.
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Supporters of legal marijuana want it included in budget

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana plan to hold rallies each day at the State Capitol this week, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to include the measure in the state budget.
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Pushback in Albany on prevailing wage extension

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
Unions and many Democrats in the state Legislature are pushing for an expansion of the state’s prevailing wage law. But they are finding that the change might have some unintended consequences.
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Spring musicals: A labor of love for young singers

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
High schools around the North Country continue to herald the arrival of spring with their end of the year spring musicals. In Lake Placid, music and theater students have been working over the last few months on "Tuck Everlasting - the Musical," based on the children's story. It'll be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm in the Lake Placid High School Auditorium.
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Preview: "Mamma Mia" at Edwards-Knox

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:00
One of the most popular spring musicals at high schools in the region this month is "Mamma Mia!" It's a jukebox romantic comedy that features songs made popular by the '70s rock group ABBA.
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Glens Falls Hospital climbing out of a $38M hole

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:00
By North Country standards, Glens Falls Hospital is on the big side. And it’s old, founded in 1897. The hospital sits up high over the Hudson River, on the edge of downtown. It anchors health care for five diverse counties, including Warren, Washington, northern Saratoga, Essex, Hamilton and northern Rensselaer counties. About 6,000 square miles, including remote Adirondack communities, small cities, and plenty of suburbia. Besides the main campus, it runs 23 regional health care facilities. But the hospital is struggling to get past a $38-million deficit that developed in 2017, and another $18 million in 2018. A hole big enough to swallow a hospital.
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Border Patrol seizes 91 lbs of marijuana in two separate arrests

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:00
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents based in Ogdensburg made two separate arrests in the last week involving illegal possession of marijuana.
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North Country at Work Live!: A spring blizzard search and rescue in Cranberry Lake

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:00
To some people, March means spring. In the North Country? Think again.
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Final lobbying push at the Capitol as budget takes shape

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:00
With less than a week to go to the budget deadline, interest groups converged on the state Capitol, lobbying to get their measures included in the budget plan, and in some cases, to keep items out.
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