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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 08/16/2018.
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North Country at Work: exploring the ghost town of Griffin in southern Hamilton County

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
If you wanted to visit the town of Griffin today, you'd have to head toward the town of Wells, located on the Sacandaga River in southern Hamilton County. Travel down Route 8 (also called Griffin Road) and you'll find empty foundations, old pipes, and one or two buildings.
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Dairy farmer co-op hosting industry summit in Albany

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of dairy farmers from the Northeast will be gathering in Albany for an industry summit to discuss such issues as low milk prices.
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NY to invest $1.5M in 'farm-to-school' lunch programs

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will invest $1.5 million in additional funds in efforts to bring fresh, locally grown farm products to public schools in the coming school year.
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Capitol Watch: Cuomo continues to duck debates

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Cynthia Nixon is calling out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for ducking debates ahead of next month's Democratic primary for governor.
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VT artists experiment with sound, space and light in abandoned motel

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
There's a string of islands that run across Lake Champlain from the top of New York State to Vermont, and on one causeway, there's an old motel called the Sandbar Inn. It was built in the 1950s and closed in the early 2000s. Now it sits empty, dilapidated, and it looks a little haunted.But for three nights this summer, it came to life. A group called Overnight Projects invited artists to use the motel and its rooms for an exhibition called "From Away." Zach Hirsch had a chance to see it before it disappeared.
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Fort Drum, and Stefanik, prepare to welcome President Trump

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:00
Fort Drum is making final preparations for its first presidential visit since Barack Obama came to the Army base near Watertown in 2011.
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Democrats link congressman's indictment to Trump ethics

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are linking the insider trading indictment of a Republican congressman to a broader culture of corruption they say is fostered by President Donald Trump. It's an issue they hope will help them in November's elections.
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Collins' arrest emboldens Democrats in GOP-heavy district

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The arrest of a Republican congressman from western New York is emboldening Democrats who say it could help them win a heavily Republican district.
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Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressman Chris Collins' indictment on insider trading charges is drawing attention to the fact that members of Congress are not prohibited from serving on corporate boards as long as they don't receive compensation for doing so.
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New York schools can apply for $1.5M in farm-to-school funds

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Schools in New York state can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help increase the amount of locally grown food on school menus this year.
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Timeline: Rep. Stefanik often sharply critical of Trump, but backs his agenda

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
As the North Country and Rep. Elise Stefanik prepare to welcome President Donald Trump on Monday, NCPR looked back at the Republican congresswoman's relationship with Trump.
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Preview: Lake George Music Festival

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:00
The Lake George Music Festival kicks off on Sunday. It's two weeks of live chamber music, orchestra and children's concerts, and pre-performance workshops.Composer David Ludwig is one of the featured artists at the annual Music festival. His new composition "Paganiniana" gets its premiere next week. It's a tribute to Italian composer and violinist Niccolo Paganini, and some of Ludwig's violinist friends.Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music, and he told Todd Moe that he enjoys a busy summer of music festivals.
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The Latest: Congressman to remain on ballot despite charges

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins says he will remain on the ballot running for re-election in New York as he fights charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades.
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Company owners admit bilking customers out of $1.3M

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:00
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the owners of an upstate New York company have pleaded guilty to bilking dozens of customers from across the nation and overseas out of more than $1 million.
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Board of Elections votes to curtail some of its chief investigator's powers

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:00
Tempers flared Wednesday at the New York State Board of Elections, where commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations.The investigator, Risa Sugarman, said it’s a case of blatant "political interference," while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the "victim."
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Hamsters may be going nowhere, but they came from Syria

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:00
All the pet hamsters in the world derive from a small wild population collected in Syria in the 1930s. Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about hamsters, in the wild and working the wheel.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Pendragon Theatre tops the list for Saranac Lake's 10M grant

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00
Saranac Lake checked off another big economic milestone yesterday, winning a $10 million economic development grant from New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in person at the Hotel Saranac, which reopened last winter thanks in part to another big taxpayer investment.The village beat other North Country communities competing for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, including Canton, Potsdam and Massena. Martha Foley talked with Peter Crowley, managing editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, about Saranac Lake's winning strategy, and how the money will likely be spent.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Pendragon Theater tops the list for Saranac Lake's 10M grant

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:00
Saranac Lake checked off another big economic milestone yesterday, winning a $10 million economic development grant from New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in person at the Hotel Saranac, which reopened last winter thanks in part to another big taxpayer investment.The village beat other North Country communities competing for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, including Canton, Potsdam and Massena. Martha Foley talked with Peter Crowley, managing editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, about Saranac Lake's winning strategy, and how the money will likely be spent.
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4 US military sites in state getting $200M for projects

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Four U.S. military sites will be splitting nearly $200 million in federal defense funds for improvement projects.
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