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North Country at Work: Forest rangers and the nitty-gritty of handling emergencies

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 22:00
State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are increasingly busy with searches and rescues, mostly in the Adirondack and Catskill parks, and throughout those emergencies, they maintain a frame of mind similar to the Boy Scouts. They're prepared.
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Watch Live: Senate Judiciary vote on Kavanaugh, starts 1:30 pm

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. Watch the proceeding live.
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Remembering "Red" Grandy, Cold War photojournalist and North Country playground proprieter

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
While I was on vacation last month I was saddened to hear of the passing of Francis "Red" Grandy of Hermon, NY, at the age of 96.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Saranac Lakers have "decidedly different" views on new tourism brand

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
Tourism is seen by the governor's office and local leaders as a key to the North Country’s economic growth, and that means marketing the area is important.
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Ontario expects flood of private pot shop applications

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
The Progressive Conservative government says Ontario could have up to one thousand private pot shops after recreational cannabis is legalized.
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State and U.S. government continue spat over "I Love NY" signs

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The deadline for removing New York's famous “I Love NY” signs is fast approaching, and neither the state nor the federal government seems to be backing down.
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Officials warn waterfowl hunters of toxic algae blooms

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is warning waterfowl hunters who use retrieving dogs about potentially harmful algae blooms.
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A trek to Indian Head, a place of awesome Adirondack beauty (and crowds)

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
There's a reason the Adirondack High Peaks are overrun with visitors. They're stunningly beautiful, especially iconic places like Indian Head. So if you decide to visit, think about your own impact on the landscape you've come to see.
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Building a web atlas to help save rare alphabets

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
Burlington writer Tim Brookes is turning to the internet and an online database in an attempt to help save rare writing systems at risk of vanishing. Brookes is the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, which works to promote and preserve some of the rarest alphabets. While there are thousands of spoken languages worldwide, Brookes says there are fewer than a hundred alphabets, and many of them are threatened with extinction. He has launched a campaign on KickStarter to raise funds to support the preservation project, where you see more examples of his work and preview what the atlas would look like. Todd Moe spoke with him via Skype about creating an Endangered Alphabets Atlas.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 9/28/18

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
The leaves have begun changing and are expected to change dramatically over the next several weeks. Autumn leaf color is already happening at higher elevation areas of the central Adirondacks. Color will broadly widen through the rest of the Adirondack Park in the next few weeks, ending along the Lake George and Lake Champlain valleys.
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Environmentalists urge quick decision on new water quality standards

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:00
Environmentalists are urging a state panel on water quality standards to meet its October 2 deadline to set new acceptable levels of toxic chemicals in public water supplies.
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Watch Live: Kavanaugh-Ford testimony before Senate Judiciary

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:00
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.
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NY-21: Stefanik's "Taxin' Tedra" claims are misleading

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:00
The race for the North Country's seat in the House of Representatives turned aggressive this summer. Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik hit the airwaves hard, playing up her own record and slamming her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb. One of the most persistent claims made by Stefanik is that Cobb voted to raise taxes more than 20 times when she served on the St. Lawrence County legislature. Research by North Country Public Radio and other news organizations have found most of those claims to be exaggerated, taken out of context, or factually untrue. But it also appears that the Cobb campaign has struggled to counter the ads, and she’s gotten some of her claims against Stefanik wrong.
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Watch Live: Kavanaugh-Ford testify before Senate Judiciary, starts 10 am

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:00
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.
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Cuomo, opponents differ on reasons for outmigration

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:00
The state's high property taxes and outmigration problem were among the issues discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, this week when each separately visited a meeting of some of the state's business leaders.
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For cats, the comfort zone is shaped like a box

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 22:00
Of all the places a cat can hang out, why do do many of them want to hang out in boxes? According to researchers, cats that spend time in close confines are measurably less stressed than those remaining in the open. As Curt Stager tells Martha Foley, it's not just house cats who feel this way.
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Parkland school shooting leads to new Vermont gun laws

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is one of two states that enacted significant gun restrictions in the wake of Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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NYS comptroller: localities in significant stress grows

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY , N.Y. (AP) New York state's comptroller says more local governments are under significant fiscal stress.
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Going South: Cuomo blames weather for NY population decline

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed upstate weather for prompting New Yorkers to flee to other states.
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Green groups urge ban on oil trains in Champlain Valley

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 22:00
The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule that would have forced rail companies to add new higher-quality electronic brakes to trains that carry hazardous cargoes. At the same time, green groups are urging a ban on oil train shipments through the Champlain Valley.
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