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New York officials and interest groups decry House tax vote

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed Thursday by the House of Representatives, saying it will be "poison" to New York.Businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents.
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Seagle Music Colony honors its nearly forgotten past

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
A little, rustic bedroom at a summer opera camp in Schroon Lake will be preserved at the Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake.Why all the fuss over a dilapidated piece of architecture?Adirondack historians and the Seagle Music Colony want it preserved as a tribute to the first African American student at the music camp.Fulton Fryar grew up in North Carolina in the 1940s and '50s. He spent two summers at Seagle living in a small room attached to the school's laundry building. After he left, the room wasn't used and remained a bit of a mystery until earlier this year when the building was slated to be demolished. As Todd Moe reports, school staff, friends and local historians quickly organized an effort to save the room as a tribute to African American history in the Adirondacks.
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Thanksgiving fixings cost less this year in NY, says survey

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Here's something to be thankful for: the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is down a bit from last year.
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Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should've resigned over sex affair

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago.
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Ontario NDP blocks back-to-work bill aimed at ending college strike

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
TORONTO Ontario's New Democrats have blocked an attempt by the Liberal government to table back-to-work legislation today to end a nearly five-week strike by college faculty.
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Land use study lays out a road map for development around Fort Drum

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
The Development Authority of the North Country just released a land use study covering Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The report makes ninety-four recommendations about every land use issue you could think that might affect Fort Drum and the surrounding community.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
Expect ice and up to several inches of snow on trails, along with mud at lower elevations. Traction devices are recommended for higher terrain, and should be carried for hikes at lower elevations as well.
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Several New York interest groups decry House tax vote

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed Thursday by the House of Representatives, saying it will be "poison" to New York.Businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents.
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Watertown judge becomes latest accused of sexual contact with defendants

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
A local judge in Watertown is facing criminal charges for allegedly abusing his power over the course of a sexual relationship with a court defendant.
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New York's state-run ski centers in Adirondacks to open

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) New York's state-run ski centers in the Adirondacks are ready to open, after a recent cold snap allowed them to make snow around the clock.
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NY sex abuse victims to push again for child victims' act

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Advocates for a bill in New York that would loosen the statute of limitations for molestation are hoping the national attention on sexual misconduct gives their cause fresh momentum.
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Ontario colleges strike vote results expected today

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
TORONTO The results of a key vote which could end Ontario's nearly five-week-old college faculty strike are expected today.
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Advocates renew push for reform after corruption scandal

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former associates who worked on his administration's economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.
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New website tracks progress on Great Lakes

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes - whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing invasive species, or educating the public. A new regional initiative will analyze how effective some of these efforts - and dollars - have been so far.
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Are there really no snakes in Ireland?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
Were there really no snakes in Ireland before St. Patrick showed up? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager ponder this and other questions. They explained there are in fact, places with no native snakes, particularly isolated places like New Zealand and Greenland.
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Potsdam, Saranac Lake Brewery owner pleads guilty to security fraud

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00
An upstate New York stockbroker has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to steal nearly $400,000 from his customers.Mark Gillis, age 47, admitted to securities fraud and could face up to 25 years in prison.
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Hydroponic histrionics? Organic purists assail designation

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Some traditional organic farmers say allowing hydroponic farms to be certified organic is watering down the integrity of the $16 billion U.S. organic produce industry.
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Hunting season for deer starts across much of NY Saturday

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Hunting season for big game starts across much of New York state this weekend.
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Stockbroker admits stealing nearly $400,000 from customers

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York stockbroker has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to steal nearly $400,000 from his customers.
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Plattsburgh Housing Authority hopes to rehab, reuse dilapidated properties

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00
Plattsburgh's housing authority is looking for ways to help low-income families buy their own homes. One idea came up at a taped forum at Mountain Lake PBS on Monday: the housing agency is in talks with the city government about a plan to reuse dilapidated houses.
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