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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 01/16/2018.
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NY State Police to deploy aerial drones across state

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state troopers are getting more eyes in the sky.Officials announced Wednesday that 18 new unmanned aircraft soon will be deployed throughout the state to assist New York State Police with disaster response, traffic safety, crime scene photography and other tasks.
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GOP has short list of potential candidates for governor

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:00
The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.Republican State Party Chair Ed Cox said the GOP will have a "good," qualified and viable candidate.
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Senate IDC Leader denies allegations of forcible kissing

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:00
The leader of the Independent Democrats in the Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer, and says he intends to remain as leader of the break away democratic faction.
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Are your tonsils as useless as they seem?

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:00
When infected, your tonsils may be useful to doctors to keep up their bottom line, and to Popsicle vendors to provide the means to soothe recovering children. But when healthy, they also have a use as part of the front-line in the human immune system.Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss an oft-removed portion of the human anatomy.
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NY state offers help to Salvadorans facing deportation

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is stepping in to help thousands of Salvadorans facing deportation following a decision by the Trump administration.
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Cold weather takes a bite out of fuel supplies across the Northeast

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
For the first time in weeks, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing today in the North Country. But people are still dealing with the fallout of bitterly cold weather that lasted all through the holidays.
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Navy's new ship delayed by Seaway ice

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
Recent icy conditions along the St. Lawrence Seaway were the cause of concern for fans of the USS Little Rock. The Navy ship was commissioned in Buffalo last month, but still has not made it out to sea.
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Senate Republicans push tax cut agenda

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
Republicans in the State Senate say that, despite the over $4-billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.
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HEAP ready to help cover fuel costs

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
As prices for home heating fuel go up, more people are turning to their local HEAP programs for help with those bills.
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Comptroller DiNapoli predicts "problematic" budget season

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
The state's Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, warns of a "problematic" budget season, as the state faces a structural deficit, changes to the federal tax code, and uncertainty over continued funding from Washington.
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Vermont poised to approve recreational marijuana

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is poised to become the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of the Legislature rather than via a citizen referendum.
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Canada's Ski Marathon is North America's oldest cross-country event

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
Early next month, nearly 2,000 cross country skiers from around the world will gather in western Quebec for the annual Canadian Ski Marathon. It's the longest and oldest Nordic ski tour in North America. Over two days, participants ski along the 160-kilometer trail that connects Gatineau and Lachute, Quebec. It begins on Friday, February 9. The trail winds through mostly privately owned land in the western Laurentian mountains, through forests, rolling fields and a farm yard or two. Skiers range from people out to enjoy a short portion of the course up to "Coureurs de Bois" who carry packs with overnight gear, eat around campfires and sleep under the stars.Dan Quinlan is a Vermonter and the first international president of the Canadian Ski Marathon. He's the event's biggest fan south of the border and has been a competitive skier since he was 9 years old. Quinlan says, despite the title, the Canadian Ski Marathon, is a non-competitive way to embrace winter on a pair of skis.
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Watch: "The best holiday gift of all" - Alison Lutz at The Howl Grand Slam

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:00
Alison Lutz of Morrisonville, NY took up the "holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of her family's holiday traditions, and how important they were. But spending time with the people you love - now that's the best holiday gift of all. Recorded live at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton, NY on November 4, 2017.
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Navy's new ship delayed by Seaway ice

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:00
Recent icy conditions along the St. Lawrence Seaway were the cause of concern for fans of the USS Little Rock. The Navy ship was commissioned in Buffalo last month, but still has not made it out to sea.
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NY GOP leader confident about party's chances to unseat Cuomo in 2018

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:00
The leader of New York's Republican Party says he's confident the GOP stands a chance against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall - even though the number of potential Republican candidates continues to shrink.
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New York's legislative session begins with concern over economy, taxes

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:00
Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.
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Trees, shrubs help wildlife get through the winter

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
Deep cold and snow cover make life hard for wildlife. Birds cluster at the feeders. Deer come closer. Amy Ivy watched turkeys cruise her yard over the weekend. Martha Foley's cedar trees are full of chickadees, juncos, tree sparrows and more. Amy says now's the time to plan strategic plantings to provide food and shelter.
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Winter weekend open houses slated for Adirondack great camp

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) For the fifth year in a row, New York state is welcoming cross-country skiers and snowshoers this winter to open house weekends at a historic Adirondack great camp.
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Schumer urges Trump to sign fentanyl-screening bill

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to sign legislation that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to buy portable screening equipment to detect the powerful opioid fentanyl before it enters the United States.
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When the winter is bitter cold, the North Country gets to work

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
It's been a hard, cold start to winter. Freezing temperatures, wind. A lot of us are hunkering down, staying close to the woodstove. But for thousands of people here in the North Country, earning a paycheck means working outside on farms, on highways, doing everything from mail deliveries to construction to helping tourists at ski resorts. This morning, we profile some of the people who are still going to work each day despite arctic conditions.
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