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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 01/16/2018.
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Extreme cold may be harder on your indoor plants than your garden

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 22:00
Despite the extreme temperatures, December weather has had a fairly healthy pattern for the garden - steady cold to keep things dormant and a good snow cover for insulation. But your overworked heating system in sub-zero temperatures can take a toll on house plants. They can get too dry from forced air, or too warm from being near a heat vent, or too cold near a drafty window.Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy sorts out which plants are likely to have which problems and how to keep your whole plant community thriving during the bleak midwinter.
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Funding threat dominated Great Lakes news in 2017

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
This year brought with it a few threats to Great Lakes health - an above average algae bloom and an Asian carp sighting. But a financial threat also loomed over the lakes this year.
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Life with early-onset Alzheimer's: Hope and loss as things slip away

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
When Bella Doolittle heard her diagnosis last February of early-onset Alzheimer's, she sat in the car outside the doctor's office and cried."He said, 'Well, we figured out what's going on with you and this is it.' And I'm like, 'No it's not.'"
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Seaway freighter runs aground near Wellesley Island

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
A Seaway freighter carrying soybeans remains stuck in the St. Lawrence River near Clayton. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the Pacific Huron hit shoals late Wednesday night after it suffered a mechanical malfunction near Rock island, southwest of Wellesley Island. The ship is Antigua and Barbuda-flagged and currently sits about 1000 feet outside the channel.
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With canvas and brush Paul Norman Pedersen makes something from nothing

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
The little village of Hermon, NY is probably not the first place you would expect to find an artist trained in classical figurative sculpture and in the laborious and meticulous painting techniques developed by the Old Masters of European art. But Paul Norman Pedersen is that guy, and it has been our good fortune to see his works over the years shared in NCPR's Artwork of the Day feature.
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Preview: 35th anniversary of First Night Burlington

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
You can ring in the New Year at a number of First Night events in communities around the North Country on Monday.First Night Burlington will celebrate 35 years with 13 hours of music, food, theater, art and a parade at 19 venues in downtown Burlington. Zach Williamson, artistic director, says it's the longest running family-friendly festival of its kind in the country.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:00
The National Weather Service is forecasting that we could be in the coldest seven-day stretch since the mid-2000s. The very cold wind chills this morning will ease only slightly before reaching 50 to 55 below zero on summits on Sunday.
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Extreme cold expected to continue across the region through the weekend

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
Temperatures well below zero and dangerous wind chills continue on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Extreme cold warnings from weather services forecast more of the same through the long weekend.
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North Country governments collecting property taxes early

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
In the North Country and across the U.S., people are scrambling to pay their property taxes before the New Year, when a new federal tax law takes effect. The law puts a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing people to pay ahead and still benefit from the old rules.
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Most of Ontario continues to shiver under an extreme cold warning

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
Environment Canada said northern Ontario would see wind chill values of minus 40 Celsius or below overnight, with more of then same bon-chilling temperatures expected again tonight.
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Cuomo grants 59 pardons, with focus on immigrants and youths

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 59 people for nonviolent crimes, including 18 immigrants whose years-old convictions put them at risk of deportation despite otherwise law-abiding lives.
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IRS issues guidance on prepayment of local taxes

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) The IRS has issued guidance that could help homeowners figure out if they can save money by paying next year's local property taxes early.
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Homeless rural veterans find a home at Vet House in Ballston Spa

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
Homelessness looks different for veterans living in rural communities: shelters are few and far between, and people aren't living out on the street like they do in cities. They might be couch surfing, sleeping in their cars, or camping in the woods. That can make it hard to identify homeless veterans and connect them to the services they need.
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Just how individual are animals?

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 22:00
We tend to think that dogs do this, and that cats do that. We think animal species have a recognizable set of behaviors that define the nature of their kind. But what about individual animals? Does each have something we could understand as a unique personality?Curt Stager said his cat is not like Martha Foley's cat. But what about individual birds, or even insects?Researchers say they can identify individuality even in some of the simplest creatures.
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Watertown starts the weekend with Wolves hockey

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
If you're looking for something to do on a winter Friday night in Watertown, you might try catching a Wolves game. They're the city's minor league hockey team, and their home games are a good time: think affordable ticket prices, drinks, snacks, and merchandise, and really fun, fast-paced hockey.
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Story Traveler: "The Shoemaker and the Elves"

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
In this story adapted from the Brothers Grimm, a poor shoemaker and his wife find mysterious help in the night and a change in their fortunes. As Christmas approaches, they work to make gifts for their benefactors.
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Extreme cold follows big dump of lake effect snow

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
The National Weather Service says the region is due for a long stay in the deep freeze with below zero temperatures and dangerous wind chill. This follows more than 4 feet of lake effect snow that buried the Tug Hill area. Drivers are asked to stay off the roads there where highway crews are still working to dig out.
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Eight Eastern states suing EPA over upwind air pollution control

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The attorneys general in eight Eastern Seaboard states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution that blows in from upwind states.New York's Eric Schneiderman, the leading attorney general in the lawsuit, said it was filed Tuesday in a federal appeals court in the District of Columbia to force the Trump administration to take action to ensure upwind states control pollution.
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GE decides to keep Rochester plant open

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) General Electric says it is no longer closing a plant in Rochester.WHAM-TV reports GE announced Tuesday it would keep its plant open in the Rochester Science Park. The Boston-based company said the decision came after an operations review.
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Military cities strive to protect themselves from possible future base closings

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
It's been more than ten years since the Defense Department completed its last major round of military base closings.There are no current plans for another round. The U.S. Senate recently backed away from a proposal to consider further closings. But with the Pentagon saying that a fifth of its facilities may be unnecessary, some military communities are taking no chances. They've been working to reduce their vulnerability by throwing a surprising amount of civic muscle into their relationships with the military.
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