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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 12/16/2018.
Updated: 1 hour 53 min ago

Final Vermont school merger plan would create 11 districts

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont has released a final plan to merge 45 districts in 39 towns to form 11 new union school districts.
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Serious fun at the Diefenbunker

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 22:00
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Court-appointed lawyers hard to come by in the North Country

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
Legal defense for the poor is a hot-button issue in New York State. Lately, the state’s been under pressure to give counties more support with this mandate and help pay for services like assigned counsel.
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Old Canton landfill could become new solar farm

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County Legislators are considering a proposal to turn an old landfill into a solar farm. The county could approve the project in the coming weeks.
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Federick Douglass helped America think better about being Americans

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
David Blight's new biography of the former slave, author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass opens new insights into a life that changed America. Blight will speak in Saranac Lake Saturday night.
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Artists are for the birds

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
Ever since humans started daubing on the cave wall, we have been making representations of birds. Painting them, drawing them, sculpting them, quilting them, weaving them into fabrics. One of the first things a child learns to draw is the recurved vee of a bird in flight. Birds themselves don't make much of anything besides their nests. And if artists could fly themselves, I wonder if they would bother with making art, or instead become like birds, and only sing.
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Gov. Cuomo announces new parcel to be added to state park

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
GANSEVOORT, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an upstate New York state park is getting 131 additional acres.
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Remains of NY soldier killed in 1950 being returned home

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) The remains of a New York soldier killed during the Korean War 68 years ago are scheduled to be returned for burial in his upstate New York hometown.
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Vermont utility working to restore power across state

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) Vermont's largest electric utility says it's working to restore power across the state following a snowstorm, but that some customers may not get power back until the weekend.
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Some Democratic supporters of single-payer health say they won't act in haste

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
Some newly elected Senate Democrats want New York to adopt a single-payer health care system, but that may put them at odds with other Democratic Senators who do not want to raise taxes.
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Preview: "Carols and Candlelight" concert in Plattsburgh

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
There's music for the holidays on Saturday night in Plattsburgh. Maestro Timothy Morningstar, director of the Champlain Valley Voices, spoke with Todd Moe about the community chorus’ concert this weekend. Morningstar says the "Carols and Candlelight” concert will include contemporary music for the Christmas season - including works by Ola Gjeilo, Kirke Mechem, John Rutter and Gwyneth Walker. It’ll be presented Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 11/30/18

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:00
Prepare for winter conditions - cold temperatures, ice, and deep snow. Snow melt and rain will raise the levels of rivers and streams this weekend. Especially Sunday, good water crossings in the morning may be impassable in the afternoon, so consider alternatives before heading out.
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Could the Adirondacks burn like those big California forest fires?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
Wildfires in the American West are reshaping whole regions, changing economies. Could it happen here?
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7 New York counties to improve emergency communications

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than $32 million in grants has been awarded to seven upstate New York counties to improve emergency communications.
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After long wait, Democrat Brindisi flips New York House seat

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) Democrat Anthony Brindisi has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in a congressional race in upstate New York settled more than three weeks after Election Day.
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Ontario's Tory government set to release climate change plan today

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
TORONTO Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is set to unveil its climate change plan today, months after it cancelled the province's cap-and-trade system.
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State officials pushing growth of wind power in New York

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
If New York state hopes to reach a goal of getting half of its electricity from renewable resources by the year 2030, wind energy will have to be part of the formula. That was the focus of a wind summit held in Syracuse this week, and boosters of wind power are optimistic it will happen.
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Cuomo has "positive" meeting with Trump on infrastructure

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a "positive" meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House to talk about funding for a key train tunnel connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.
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How prey evolve to outwit predators

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 22:00
Cuttlefish, a relative of the squid, is a favored food of sharks. It has a number of ways to avoid that fate, however, such as swimming away or taking on protective coloration. A new study has discovered that cuttlefish are remarkably adept at playing dead and can even still the electrical impulses from muscles that a shark would detect. The luna moth uses a different technique to escape becoming bat chow. The long "tails" that trail back from behind their wings confuse the echolocation of bats. The bat might wind up with a little piece, but miss the body of the moth. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss unique survival skills in prey animals.
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NY Gov. Cuomo on 2020 presidential run: "I am ruling it out"

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again dismissing talk that he will run for president.
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