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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 02/18/2018.
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Former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan mulls NY-21 run

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
The North Country's congressional race could soon have another big name in the contest for the Democratic primary. Businessman and former MSNBC television host Dylan Ratigan says he may enter the race.
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Lake Placid sled builder Duncan Kennedy is NBC's luge maven in Korea

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
When Chris Mazdzer finished his thrilling silver medal luge run in South Korea, no one had a better seat than Duncan Kennedy.
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The new WNBZ goes live with a radio mystery, then a Queen song

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
A commercial radio station is making a comeback in the North Country after years of financial trouble and dead air.WNBZ first signed on in Saranac Lake in the 1920s and it was an anchor of the community for decades. Ted Morgan, the most recent owner, ran into financial trouble, and many of the station's frequencies went dark. But two local radio personalities have been working to reboot the FM station in the Plattsburgh area, and 106.3 is now live. The new hosts introduced themselves with a mystery.
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Something old, something new: TAUNY opens "Instrumental Stories" exhibit

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York opens a new exhibition, "Instrumental Stories" in Canton Saturday afternoon. The exhibit features old and new musical instruments in Northern New York. It explores the people who make and keep them; how they connect people to their heritage, to regional traditions, and to each other. It's the culmination of a 2017 research project surveying different ways people, from native Americans to immigrants, have kept music and other community traditions alive through musical instruments.An opening reception for the exhibit at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, from 1-3 pm, will include live music, refreshments and a craft activity for kids. There will also be a special instrument presentation by luthier maker Dave Nichols, who will share some of his custom designed instruments and the stories behind their creation. Over the coming months, the exhibit will be accompanied by programs highlighting people, practices, and themes central to the exhibit. Todd Moe followed TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati, into the archives to see some of the over 200 instruments that are documented in the exhibit.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
Seasonably cold weather will bring summit temperatures on Saturday and Sunday into the teens, with windchills near zero. Another warming beginning later Sunday will begin to raise the levels of rivers and streams - many of which are full of ice. There will be increasingly slush and puddle conditions on frozen water bodies after Sunday.
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Lawmakers propose banning anonymous Facebook ads

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00
Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would make anonymous political ads on Facebook and other social media illegal. They say the ads are being abused to falsely represent their positions on issues.
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Man pleads guilty to charge he sprayed manure on fed's car

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
ALBURGH, Vt. (AP) A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sprayed liquid cow manure on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally.
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As Whiteface skier returns to Adirondacks for questions, mystery remains

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
Police in New York and California say they still have big unanswered questions about a Canadian skier who vanished on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks last week.Constantinos "Danny" Fillipidis was found alive and well on Tuesday in Sacramento California.
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Major General Walter Piatt gives update on Fort Drum troops

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
American soldiers serve in conflicts all over the world, but because military operations happen quietly in the background, civilians don't always know what the troops are doing. Fort Drum's commander is conducting an outreach campaign designed to change that by letting the public know about the 10th Mountain Division's work at home and abroad.
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Another city official in Plattsburgh suddenly steps down

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
Plattsburgh's City Police Chief says he'll retire at the end of the month. Ken Parkinson was appointed chief less than a year ago.
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How your glass of red could become a glass of lead

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
Glass is basic stuff - melted sand, pretty much. But your lovely crystal decanter or goblet gets its heft and clarity from a big dose of lead, up to one-fourth by weight. That lead can leach out into liquids containing alcohol, such as wine or brandy - significant enough amounts to be a health risk if stored in crystal over a long period of time.Martha Foley and Curt Stager clear up the differences between glass and crystal, and explain how lead can become transparent.Natural Selections is a regular Thursday feature of the The Eight O'Clock Hour on NCPR. Get it delivered to your device automatically. Subscribe to the Natural Selections podcast.
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Early voting supporters pleased with funding added to governor's budget

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.
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Another city official in Plattsburgh suddenly steps down

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
Plattsburgh's City Police Chief says he'll retire at the end of the month. Ken Parkinson was appointed chief less than a year ago.
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State lawmakers approve relief for northern NY flood victims

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The state Legislature has approved a bill that will extend relief measures to residents of a northern New York mobile home park hit by flooding last month.
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Algonquin wolf population declines due to multiple threats

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
A wilderness protection agency says Ontario's Algonquin wolves are quickly disappearing because hunting, trapping, road building and increasing breeding with coyotes that dilutes the gene pool.
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Jordan Greenway, Canton native, makes history for USA Olympic hockey

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
Jordan Greenway is the first African-American to play for Team USA in the Olympics. He grew up in Canton, and his family and friends are cheering him on from home.
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Mystery: Missing Whiteface skier turns up safe in California

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
Big unanswered questions remain in the Adirondacks this morning after a skier missing since last Wednesday from Whiteface Mountain suddenly reappeared yesterday 2,900 miles away in California. Danny Fillipidis, a firefighter from Toronto Canada, had been presumed dead. More than 130 forest rangers, state police, local emergency officials and volunteers were searching a vast expanse of rugged alpine terrain for his remains.Then he turned up in Sacramento, California on Tuesday.
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GOP lawmakers want to shut down START-UP NY

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
Republicans in the State Senate want to close down one of Governor Cuomo's signature economic development programs.START-UP NY offers ten years of tax breaks for new businesses that open in special zones associated with college campuses.
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Remembering Old Forge arts pioneer: Miriam Kashiwa

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
VIEW founder and the woman known as Old Forge's artistic "spark" passed away last week. Miriam "Mirnie" Kashiwa died last Friday, a month shy of her 93rd birthday, at her "Cabin in the Woods" in Thendara. She earned a degree in Fine Arts at Syracuse University in 1947, where she met her husband, Hank. In the 1950s they hosted the first Central Adirondack Art Show on their front lawn, and in the '60s she was a founding member of the Arts Center/Old Forge, which would become VIEW. In 1982, Kashiwa started the renowned Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, one of the most celebrated watercolor exhibits in the country. Mirnie Kashiwa was an artist, teacher, poet and musician. In her later years, she opened her Adirondack home to accomplished musicians to play her vintage Steinway grand piano during The Cabin in the Woods concert series.In 2005, just before crews broke ground for VIEW, Todd Moe joined Mirnie Kashiwa at her piano to talk about her love for arts and culture in the Adirondacks.
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Mixed reaction in legislature to Cuomo's tax fix plans

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:00
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the state Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.
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