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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 02/23/2019.
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Books: "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan, Giller Prize winner

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 22:00
Canada’s biggest literary award is the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, an honor that comes with a $100,000 check. This year a Ghanaian-Canadian woman, Esi Edugyan, won this prestigious award for her novel "Washington Black."
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 2/8/19

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 22:00
There's been a lot of rain and freezing rain lately, along with temperatures in the 40s, but that will be a memory by tonight, as temperatures drop wind chills will fall to near and below zero and will remain in the teens and 20s below zero on higher summits all weekend. Gusty winds, especially in the Eastern Adirondacks, will cause some blowdown.
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Opponents of legalizing marijuana speak out

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 22:00
It seems inevitable that New York state will legalize recreational marijuana sometime this year, now that the governor and leaders of the legislature all agree that it should happen. But a coalition of groups, including county sheriffs and the PTA, warns of moving too quickly.
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Bluegrass autobiography: Alan Munde and Billy Bright

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
Alan Munde has been a Sunny Mountain Boy, a Flying Burrito Brother, and has performed around the globe with various other bluegrass bands, but in this conversation he begins with his boyhood distraction - football. In his early youth, Billy Bright bounced across the southern U.S. In his teenage years he delved into karate, skateboarding and punk rock, but accidentally stumbled into playing mandolin during his college years.
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Bail reform divides North Country justice community

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
The days of posting bail could be limited here in New York State.
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Cuomo defends NY abortion law after criticism from Trump

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending New York's new state abortion law after it was criticized by President Donald Trump during Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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GOP lawmakers seek new limits on drinking water contaminants

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Three Republican state senators are demanding strict new limits on two industrial contaminants that have been found in water sources in three areas in New York state.
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New York bill targets workplace immigration discrimination

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) New York's attorney general wants to change state law to make clear that it's illegal for employers to retaliate against workers by threatening to report them to immigration authorities.
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Education commissioner not happy with governor's school aid numbers

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said she's not pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to spend just half of the amount of new money on public schools that education experts in New York recommend. She spoke Wednesday at a joint legislative budget hearing at the state Capitol.
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You're a moth: How do you defend yourself?

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 22:00
The battle for survival among insects is not always carried out with mandible and stinger. This branch of the animal kingdom also employs chemical warfare. Some moths and butterflies store plant poisons in their bodies that make them so toxic, spiders will cut them loose from their webs. Some spiders make their webs and the food stored within deadly to ants and some create toxic "veils" to protect their mates while they are vulnerable. Martha Foley and Paul Smith's College biologist Curt Stager explore the arsenal of the natural world.
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Criminal justice reformers hope to see action in Albany soon

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
New York lawmakers say it's likely they will vote soon to end cash bail and make other changes to help defendants who they say are unfairly treated in in the state's criminal justice system.
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Schumer and Gillibrand push EPA for further Hudson River cleanup

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
New York's two Senators are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to continue the PCB clean-up on the upper Hudson River. In a joint letter sent to the EPA, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urge federal officials to withhold final approval of the dredging project carried out over the last decade by General Electric.
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State of the Union responses by NY representatives reflect partisan divide

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik issued a statement last night calling President Trump's State of the Union address "inspirational."
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Chef Curtiss on winter comfort food: easier than you think!

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
It's late winter and for many it's comfort food season. That usually means a hearty casserole, stew or anything roasted or baked. Curtiss Hemm knows a lot about food. He loves to teach and get people passionate about food any time of the year.
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NY lawmakers to hold hearing on education spending

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Spending on elementary and secondary education will be the focus of the next legislative budget hearing in Albany.
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3 men accused of plotting attack on Muslim enclave in court

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The case of one of three men accused of plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community is headed to a grand jury.
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Testimony: Cold temperatures at federal prison preceded fire

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Prison employees and inmates say chilly temperatures inside a New York City federal lockup came weeks before a fire left some inmates without heat, light, hot water, and attorney and family visits for a week.
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Cuomo's DEC commissioner digs in, says more Adirondack rangers not needed

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:00
Governor Cuomo and his team are warning that a $2.3 billion budget gap that needs to be closed this year. But a growing number of voices in the North Country say the state needs to spend more money hiring forest rangers to patrol the Adirondack Park. The state’s Environment Commissioner Basil Seggos is pushing back, saying the ranger force is currently adequate to protect people in the backcountry.
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Sen. Little's Plattsburgh office closed amid move to minority

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:00
Senator Betty Little’s office in Plattsburgh closed last week. Her budget for staff and office space in the North Country was slashed after Republicans lost their majority in the state Senate last November.
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