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The latest stories from North Country Public Radio for 12/15/2018.
Updated: 1 hour 28 min ago

Easing the burden of medical debt

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
Almost 8 percent of New Yorkers carry some medical debt, according to data from the Urban Institute think tank in Washington D.C. But now a pair of women in the Finger Lakes are working to ease the burden.
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Quebec presses Ford government on changes to French language services

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
Quebec's premier is pressing his Ontario counterpart to reconsider controversial changes to French language services.
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Cuomo says Amazon HQ will cost New Yorkers "nada"

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a deal to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Queens will cost taxpayers “nothing” - even though they're on the hook for $325 million in direct grants to the company.
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Lawsuit filed against operators of limo in fatal NY crash

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The parents of one of the 20 people killed in an upstate New York limousine crash are suing the operators of the vehicle.
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Clinton County detox center now open for business

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
The North Country has a new detox center to help people safely go through withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and other drugs. The 18-bed Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh, helps fill a huge gap in services. At a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, officials called the new facility "a beacon of hope."
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New York lawmakers seek first pay raise in 20 years

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
It's been twenty years since the governor and legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. A panel formed to determine future pay for lawmakers is holding hearings and will make a recommendation by December 10.
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New York's mayors try a new way to get more state aid

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
The state's mayors are moving away from a state aid program for localities that they say has not been well funded in recent years, and are trying a new way to get the governor's and the legislature’s attention as the 2019 state budget season approaches.
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North Country at Work: Leroy Peet on making paper in Newton Falls

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:00
In the fall of 1968 Leroy Peet returned home from the army. He spent some time as a forklift operator for Adirondack Plywood but he wasn’t happy with the job. The following spring Leroy was tipped off about open interviews at the Newton Falls Paper Mill.
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Democratic revolution in Albany leaves North Country leaders on sidelines

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
The mid-term election this month brought a massive shift in political power in Albany, with Democrats gaining a solid 40-seat majority in the state Senate. Republicans are left with just 23 seats. That change could spell trouble for the North Country and much of Upstate New York, regions heavily dependent on taxpayer dollars for investments and infrastructure and overwhelmingly represented by Republican lawmakers, who lost a huge amount of power and influence.
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100+ places to explore North Country history

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
Every town has a story to tell - many stories in fact. Historical societies, houses and sites, museums, battlegrounds, etc., all have their staff - often volunteers - who keep those stories alive. And sometimes people of singular focus collect artifacts on a particular topic that crowd them out of the house. Historical institutions large and tiny dot the North Country and any one of them will reward the visitor with something they didn't know or something they'd never seen. It's kind of a treasure hunt.
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Absentee ballot count continues in NY22 House race

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
ROME, N.Y. (AP) Democrat Anthony Brindisi has expanded his lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney as an absentee ballot count continues in a tight congressional race in central New York.
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Mystery man brings holiday cheer to Walmart shoppers

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
DERBY, Vt. (AP) A mystery man is providing cheer to Walmart shoppers in Vermont.
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Flanagan to lead NYS Senate minority in 2019

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
Senate Republicans suffered a seismic change election day. It was only the third time in the last century that Democrats took the majority in the chamber. Members of the diminished caucus met Friday in Albany to regroup. They promised they won’t give up the fight against Democratic priorities. They re-elected Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island as their leader, but not without a fight of his own. Nine senators voted for a challenge - Senator Cathy Young of Olean, in western New York.
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New York pilot program expands Medicaid coverage to doulas

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's health department is launching a pilot program expanding Medicaid coverage to doula services in an effort to reduce childbirth complications for women and babies.
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Clinton County detox center now open for business

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 22:00
The North Country has a new detox center to help people safely go through withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and other drugs. The 18-bed Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh, helps fill a huge gap in services. At a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, officials called the new facility "a beacon of hope."
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Clinton County detox center now open for business

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 22:00
The North Country has a new detox center to help people safely go through withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and other drugs. The 18-bed Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh, helps fill a huge gap in services. At a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, officials called the new facility "a beacon of hope."
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