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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 12/16/2018.
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Inequities in NY ethics panel another reason to scrap it, say advocates

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 22:00
Democrats are poised to lead the state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state's ethics panel. A law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.
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North Country at Work: making music with Saranac Lake High School choral director Drew Benware

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 22:00
Last year, when this village's high school choral director was a semifinalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau praised him on Facebook. "One cannot say enough good things about Drew Benware," Rabideau wrote, "and all the wonderful inspiration, teaching and coaching he has given our young people at Saranac Lake Central School."
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Inequities in NY ethics panel another reason to scrap it, say advocates

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 22:00
Democrats are poised to lead the state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state's ethics panel. A law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.
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12/7/18: A not-for-profit ski area celebrates its earliest opening ever

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
Steady snowfall and relatively cold temperatures have meant good early season snow across the North Country. Beartown, a ski hill near Plattsburgh, is having its earliest opening ever this weekend. David Sommerstein hosts.
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Airline bid to connect North Country with Chicago and Washington D.C. gains suppport

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
Several public officials, universities, and organizations are backing SkyWest's bid to connect the North Country with two of the largest national hubs.
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Northern Lights Choir hosts its Winter Concert tonight in Saranac Lake

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
Northern Lights Choir hosts its Winter Concert tonight at 8 pm at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. Northern Lights Choir director Helen Demong says the theme for the concert is homecoming. The concert is considered by many in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene Valley and Tupper Lake to be a traditional event that kicks off the holiday season.
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St. Lawrence County farmer re-elected to head lobbying group

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
A St. Lawrence County dairy farmer has been re-elected president of New York's largest farm lobbying group. Dave Fisher of Madrid will return for his second term as head of the New York Farm Bureau. Delegates re-elected Fisher unanimously at the group's annual meeting Wednesday.
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Education advocates seek $2.2B state aid increase next year

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A coalition of New York education groups says schools will need a $2.2 billion increase in state aid to meet the needs of students next year.
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Work begins to turn old church into performing arts venue in Saratoga Springs

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Construction has begun on a project that will turn a historic church in downtown Saratoga Springs into a state-of-the art performing arts education and entertainment venue.
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Regulators approve sale of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont state regulators have given the final approval for the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
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New SUNY Canton program will save future lawyers one year of school

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
A faster and cheaper way to become a lawyer is coming to the North Country. SUNY Canton is partnering with the University at Buffalo School of Law to create an accelerated program for students who want to become lawyers. The partnership will save students a full year of school.
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Commission recommends substantial pay raises for governor, state lawmakers

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
A pay commission for New York's statewide elected officials recommends a hefty increase to the salaries of the governor, state senators and Assembly members, but there are some strings attached.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 12/7/18

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:00
Lake Effect snow has been falling in Southern St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, and Hamilton Counties. By Saturday there could be a foot in new snow Northern Herkimer County, and 4-8 inches throughout the Western Adirondacks. That will be good news snowmobilers in that area. Elsewhere snowmobile trails remain mostly closed, including in all of Warren and Eastern Essex Counties.
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Farmers donate nearly 11M pounds of food to NY food banks

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's farmers are in the gift-giving mood.
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NY state parks, historic sites hosting holiday events

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 40 holiday events are being held this month at New York state parks and historic sites from Long Island to Buffalo.
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Ontario climate change plan puts province at odds with Ottawa

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:00
Provincial Environment Minister Rod Phillips is set to discuss Ontario's new climate change plan with his federal counterpart today.
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Advocates push for early voting in New York

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:00
Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.
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How Saharan dust makes our lives better

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:00
The last time the climate warmed the Sahara was green and had a huge lake in the middle that left behind vast deposits of fine mineral-rich sediments. In these drier days the dust from that ancient lakebed now blows all the way across the Atlantic to nourish the Amazon with phosphorus and the ocean with iron. It also shades the patch of the Atlantic where hurricanes form, lessening the strength and frequency of tropical storms that reach the North Country. The current trend back toward a warmer world might be good for the Sahara, but not so good for us. Curt Stager and Martha Foley explain.
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Massena board decides to stick with Boutique Air for Essential Air Service

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County’s two airports are weighing destination options. One week after hearing proposals from three different airlines, the Massena Town board decided to stick with the status-quo - Boston.
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