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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 01/16/2018.
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Freighter freed from ice; ships on their way out of Seaway

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
The Marshall Island flagged Federal Biscay was finally dislodged from ice in the Snell lock near Massena around noon on Saturday. St. Lawrence Seaway crews, including three tugs, had worked for five days to move the massive international freighter. It was blocking passage for four other ships on their way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal as the Seaway tries to close for the winter.
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Plattsburgh's $10M grant could mean the end of free downtown parking

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
People have gotten used to parking for free in downtown Plattsburgh. Hundreds do every day. But the city won a $10 million state grant to revitalize downtown, and one of the big ideas was to replace the free, Durkee Street parking lot with a mixed-use city center. Now it's becoming a reality, and the total cost could be as high as $31 million, according to one estimate. That could mean no more free parking.
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Would Cuomo's idea for a payroll tax work?

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech this week, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it's not so easy to make the change - and it could bring unforeseen complications.
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Freighter freed from ice; ships on their way out of Seaway

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 22:00
The Marshall Island flagged Federal Biscay was finally dislodged from ice in the Snell lock near Massena around noon on Saturday. St. Lawrence Seaway crews, including three tugs, had worked for five days to move the massive international freighter. It was blocking passage for four other ships on their way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal as the Seaway tries to close for the winter.
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NY utilities: keep gas vents clear of snow & ice for safety

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) Utilities are reminding New York residents dealing with cold and snow to keep their exhaust vents clear of snow and ice.
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Shelter asks for donations, help during frigid weather

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's Committee on Temporary Shelter says it needs volunteers and donations from the community during this time of freezing temperatures across the region.
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"A cork in a bottle": Seaway ship remains lodged in ice in Massena locks

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
A commercial freighter is stuck in ice in a lock near Massena, and it's preventing the St. Lawrence Seaway from closing for the winter. The prolonged arctic cold is wreaking havoc on the maritime industry across the Great Lakes.
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Rash of heating-related home fires prompts Red Cross warning

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
As temperatures drop, the Red Cross is asking people in the North Country to take extra precautions when it comes to heating their homes.
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Subzero cold remedy: Take a little dose of summer

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
Cooped up with frozen pipes for several days, I had plenty of time to read about the coming "bomb cyclone" storm now plastering the Northeast. With the long extreme cold snap we've already had, I was dismayed to read the heading "Stupid-level cold follows this storm" in my news feed. And Bill thought he might cheer me up with this news item: "It's so cold in the U.S. that sharks are freezing to death." What might actually cheer me up? Summer. So in lieu of going on anti-depressants, I thought I'd try a little dose of summer instead. Lovely, dreamy summer.
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Corruption trials in 2018 could spur reform

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as former leaders of the Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 22:00
Everyone's talking about the cold, and it's only going to get worse before it gets better. Conditions on summits Saturday will be extreme with 35 to 45 mile per hour winds, blowing snow, and wind chills in the 6os below zero. Watch the weather closely, but Sunday should see more normal temperatures suitable for extended outdoor adventures.
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"A cork in a bottle": Seaway ship remains lodged in ice in Massena locks

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:00
A commercial freighter is stuck in ice in a lock near Massena, and it's preventing the St. Lawrence Seaway from closing for the winter. The prolonged arctic cold is wreaking havoc on the maritime industry across the Great Lakes.
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Ice jams up Seaway, Great Lakes shipping

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
There hasn't been much ice cover on the Great Lakes the past two winters. That changed with this month's deep freeze, and it's complicating shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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Cuomo, in State of State address, warns of challenges from Washington

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech, told lawmakers that 2018 will be the "most challenging" year, and he said they will have to fight against what he said are "threats" from the federal government. He also announced steps to combat sexual harassment and reform the state's criminal justice system.
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Cuomo: Federal tax changes mean localitities will have to cut costs

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
Governor Cuomo used his state of the state address yesterday to take aim at local governments across New York that rely on property taxes.He said changes to the federal tax code approved last month mean in Washington local governments will have to cut back.
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New St. Lawrence County DA Gary Pasqua sworn in

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County officially has a new district attorney. Republican Gary Pasqua was sworn in this week at a ceremony in Canton.
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Vermont Legislature begins 2018 session with work ahead

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers are back at the Statehouse in Montpelier for the 2018 legislative session.Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson gaveled the chamber into session in the Montpelier Statehouse just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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More cold and snow headed to Ontario/Quebec

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
TORONTO Environment Canada issued a special weather statement early Thursday for most of southern and eastern Ontario warning of another wave of bitter cold.
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In call for optimism, Cuomo points to North Country

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
Much of Governor Cuomo's speech was pretty gloomy, framed by big challenges he says the state is facing. He cited policies coming from Washington DC as threats to New York's economy. But Cuomo also spoke of optimism and pointed repeatedly to the North Country as a place where progress is being made.
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Nature journals put the history in natural history

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:00
Martha Foley has never succeeded in keeping a nature journal long-term, but Curt Stager finds them invaluable in his work. He records his observations on paper, but also finds great data through researching the journals of past observers, from Samuel de Champlain to Thomas Jefferson, to ordinary little-known North Country folk.His hint - always put it on paper. Whatever became of all that stuff on your floppy diskettes?
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