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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 01/16/2018.
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Company will pull mothballed rail tanker cars out of the Adirondacks

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
A company called Union Tank Car is pulling its mothballed rail tanker cars out of the Adirondack Park, following pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo.Roughly 65 industrial rail cars have been stored on track near the High Peaks Wilderness owned by Iowa Pacific and the Saratoga North Creek Railroad.
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Watch: "Never To Be The Same" - Derrick Conway at the Howl Grand Slam

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:00
Derrick Conway of Rensselaer Falls, NY took the up the "Holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of how the holidays have evolved over the years, from a disciplined routine when his mother was in charge of the cooking, to something very different after his father passed away. Recorded live at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton, NY on November 4, 2017.
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New York to acquire Huckleberry Mountain in southern Adirondacks

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
JOHNSBURG, N.Y. (AP) The Open Space Institute has acquired a tract including a scenic mountain in the southeastern Adirondacks with plans to transfer ownership to New York state.The 1,285-acre property in Warren County includes Huckleberry Mountain, which has a long, open peak ridge rising 2,400 feet with spectacular cliffs.
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New York state awards farms $20M for manure management

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has awarded $20 million for water quality projects on 56 farms across the state.The funding is intended to allow large livestock farms to comply with new regulations for managing manure to protect ground water and nearby waterways.
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State releases 2017 results for crackdown on illegal tobacco

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special task force created to crack down on illegal tobacco has seized more than $6 million worth of contraband cigarettes and cigars this year.The Democrat announced Tuesday that the $6.6 million seized in 2017 is $1 million more than what authorities hauled in last year.
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Retired from the military? States and cities are fighting to attract you

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
States and cities around the country are ramping up their efforts to attract military retirees, who they hope can boost the local economy. People who've retired from the armed services come with government pensions and VA health care, and some stay in the workforce after leaving the military.
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North Country at Work: "When Harry carried the mail," mail carriers in the Adirondacks

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
There's a big difference between delivering mail on a city route in a small town like Potsdam or Saranac Lake and delivering mail on a rural route to remote houses in farm country or along the back roads of the Adirondacks.There's an even bigger difference between how mail was delivered 100 years ago and how it's delivered today.
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SUNY Plattsburgh plans to cut seven jobs, including community engagement coordinator

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 22:00
Last week, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have significantly boosted state aid for SUNY and CUNY colleges.According to reports, Cuomo said he's committed to funding education at all levels but this was too expensive for taxpayers, especially with looming cuts coming from the federal government. The extra funding might have helped the state's public colleges through another tough budget year. Colleges in the North Country and across the U.S. have seen low student enrollment for years.At SUNY Plattsburgh, cuts were already in the pipeline when the veto came down. The college is cutting its budget by three percent across the board, and so far, that means seven people will lose their jobs at the end of the academic year.
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Cuomo authorizes property tax pre-payment to preserve deduction

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 22:00
Governor Cuomo, responding to the end to state and local tax deductions in the federal tax law, has issued an emergency order to allow New Yorkers who owe more than $10,000 in property taxes to pay them early to get around the new law.
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North Country at Work: When Harry carried the mail; the story of mailmen in the Adirondacks

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 22:00
There's a big difference between delivering mail on a city route in a small town like Potsdam or Saranac Lake and delivering mail on a rural route to remote houses in farm country or along the back roads of the Adirondacks.There's an even bigger difference between how mail was delivered 100 years ago and how it's delivered today.
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Cuomo faces challenges in 2018 and beyond

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 22:00
Governor Cuomo has not officially announced a candidacy for a third term, but has told everyone he's planning to run next year.But it's hard to talk about Governor Cuomo's potential race for re-election next year without discussing the Presidential race in 2020, and whether Cuomo will be a candidate.
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Funding threat dominated Great Lakes news in 2017

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 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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Taxes and exes: How tax plan could alter alimony

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Congress' giant tax overhaul is poised to reach virtually every corner of American life - even Splitsville.
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A harvest fit for the North Country: frozen grapes for "ice wine"

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
There are few regions in the world where you can make true "ice wine," a sweet vintage fit for after dinner sipping or dessert courses. You need warm summers to grow quality grapes. But they also have to be picked and pressed when it's well below freezing. The North Country is definitely one of those places. And last week's cold snap offered the perfect harvest conditions.
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Crazy for cookie cutters at TAUNY

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
Tis the season for holiday cookies.Whether you're baking them from scratch or grabbing a roll of pre-made dough, cookie cutters have always been an easy way to make treats look top-notch. Earlier this month at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, in Canton, cookie makers joined in baking and decorating sugar cookies with John Miller, of DeKalb Junction. The young bakers got to use cookie cutters from the Miller Family collection. For decades, John's family has collected cookie cutters for Christmas and many other special events. The collection, on display this month, ranges from late 19th century pieces to the present day, including ones made out of aluminum, tin, copper, and plastic. Todd Moe stopped by TAUNY to check out the dozens of Miller family cookie cutters, on display through December 31.
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Agency's Lake George patrol officers to be armed next year

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Officers for a state agency that enforces marine and environmental regulations on a popular Adirondack lake will be armed next year.
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Gov. Cuomo proposes early voting in New York

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out Jan. 3. But a top aide to the governor said it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:00
Unsettled weather is forecast that will bring a range of conditions through the weekend - so watch the weather closely. Summit temperatures this weekend will be in the 20s and 30s during the day through Saturday, and falling to the single digits Sunday, with windchills to 20 below zero on Christmas Day.
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Plattsburgh Mayor Read apologizes for some of his controversial comments, doubles down on others

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:00
Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read addressed the city for the first time since a private conversation he had was caught on video and sparked a controversy. The video shows Read talking to City Councilor Mike Kelly last week. The mayor said the city could go bankrupt in the next decade, and he questioned whether city employees are productive enough. At last night's Common Council meeting, Read's voice was hoarse as he apologized to city workers in the room.
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Democrats pin hopes on NY Senate control sometime in 2018

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:00
2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the state Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren't ready to give up any time soon.
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