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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 12/16/2018.
Updated: 1 hour 51 min ago

Tri-Lakes Takes: 3 of 4 Essex County coroners appear to be no-shows

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
Like many other North Country counties, Essex County has four coroners to handle unattended deaths. They don’t have to have any particular medical experience. They are elected to the job. The county pays them each $4,400 a year. Neighboring Franklin County has four coroners, too, and all four respond when called, but in Essex County, only one of them has been taking those phone calls lately, and he’s pretty frustrated by his colleagues, and by the county.
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New York farms to get $19 million for clean energy projects

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York farmers are getting some help from the state to make their operations more energy efficient and develop renewable energy projects.
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Study: More students default on loans at for-profit schools

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report finds that students attending for-profit colleges in New York state are more than twice as likely to default on their loans as those at non-profit schools.
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Forced school district mergers sparks backlash in Vermont

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
STOWE, Vt. (AP) Efforts to force school districts to merge their boards and budgets in Vermont - a rural state with declining enrollment and rising education costs - have sparked backlash with more than 20 communities planning to take legal action.
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Books: "Finding True North - A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks"

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:00
Adirondack writer, actor, and nationally-known storyteller Fran Yardley visits TAUNY in Canton on Saturday afternoon for a book signing and talk about her recently released memoir, Finding True North - A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks. In 1968, she and her husband, Jay, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club - a 1,000-acre summer resort.
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Contracts awarded to help low-income New Yorkers go solar

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nine community solar projects around New York state have been awarded state contracts to help low-income residents access renewable energy.
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Rangers recover man in Long Lake, rescue woman on Whiteface

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
Saturday in Long Lake, a team of forest rangers responded after a Canadian man suffered a heart attack on the trail to Owl's Head Mountain.
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Property tax exemption for farmers extended another 10 years

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A tax exemption that's deemed essential for farmers and growers across New York state has been extended for another decade.
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Prison for NY developer in Buffalo Billion bid rigging case

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
By Jim Mustian, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) A Buffalo developer has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.
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Westport, Elizabethtown and Lewis vote on whether to merge school districts today

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
Voters in the Essex County Towns Westport, Elizabethtown and Lewis will vote today on whether to merge their school districts.
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Syracuse diocese releases names of priests accused of sexual abuse

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
The Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese has released the names of clergy it says have credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors against them.
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North Country at Work Live! - Bryan Thompson's epic fail taking out the cows

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
This North Country at Work story comes direct from our Canton at Work Live! storytelling night in August. Our storyteller is Bryan Thompson, who is also the North Country at Work project historian. He grew up on a dairy and turkey farm in Heuvelton, an agricultural town in Saint Lawrence County. Bryan started working early:
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Bluegrass Autobiography: Singer-songwriter and music educator Mike Mitchell

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:00
Mike Mitchell began his music training before he started school, singing and playing with his Mom in Kitchener, Ontario. After classical violin training he migrated to Virginia, studying the musical traditions of the Blue Ridge region. Today he operates a music school in his second home town of Floyd, Virginia.
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Houseplants (almost) guaranteed to brighten winter days

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
The Winter Solstice is three weeks away. The sun is low in the sky; days are short and getting shorter. Cold drizzle and slush aren't helping. Houseplants can be an antidote, even for those of us without much, or any, of a green thumb. Cooperative Extension's horticulturist lists a few favorite and trouble-free options for indoor greenery. Tops on her list: pothos, AKA Devil's Ivy. Also: chinese evergreen (Google it), jade tree, and peace lily.
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Three carriers vie to serve Massena airport

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
Passengers could be flying new routes out of Massena’s small airport next year. Boutique Air is the current Essential Air Service provider in Massena, but its contract will expire in March. The Massena Town Board will recommend an airline for its small airport to the federal government. The board heard proposals from three airlines last week.
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Stefanik wants GOP self-analysis

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says her Republican Party needs more soul-searching after last month's election.
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Serious fun at the Diefenbunker

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
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Invasive beetle threatens Cornell University's ash trees

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
CORNELL, N.Y. (AP) Cornell University says it will cut down more than 2,000 ash trees in the next few years because of an invasive beetle.
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New York photo contest seeks to promote hunting among women

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state-sponsored photo contest is underway with the goal of inspiring more women to take up hunting in New York.
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