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1/16/19: Cuomo doubles down on gun control, complicates school funding

1/16/2019
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(Jan 16, 2019) In the long list of plans Governor Andrew Cuomo has for the first one hundred days of his third term, two issues stand out: gun control and school funding. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:10

1/15/19: You may soon be able to vote ten days early in New York

1/15/2019
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(Jan 15, 2019) Governor Andrew Cuomo launched an ambitious progressive agenda with his annual budget address Tuesday. New York's Democrat-controlled legislature got a jump on it by passing early voting measures. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:03

1/14/19: How do North Country residents see the federal shutdown?

1/14/2019
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(Jan 14, 2019) President Trump and Congress are dug in over a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. We're in the middle of the longest government shutdown. North Country residents, as you can expect, are divided on who to blame. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:49

1/11/19: The magic of figure skating is the product of hard work and passion

1/11/2019
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(Jan 11, 2019) Delaney and Grady O'Brian of St. Lawrence County are falling in love with figure skating. You can hear them start to master their moves and spins as they slice across the ice. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:33

1/10/19: Wrongful evictions, insults, theft: A look inside NY’s judicial discipline files

1/10/2019
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(Jan 10, 2019) Only 19 judges were punished for ethical violations or misconduct in New York in 2018. But many of them were local justices in the state's system of village and town courts. And that system is facing increased scrutiny. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:55

1/9/19: Get a luxury lunch (in training) at Paul Smiths culinary school

1/9/2019
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(Jan 9, 2019) Executive chefs in training get hands-on experience running a restaurant at Ganzi at Paul Smiths College. Their test subjects: anyone who stops by for lunch. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:45

1/8/19: One of America's biggest toxic chemical cleanups may be a failure

1/8/2019
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(Jan 8, 2019) The EPA has spent the better part of two decades trying to remove contaminated sediment from the Hudson River, caused by chemicals dumped by General Electric. A new state study finds the river and its fish are still contaminated. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:53

1/7/19: Potsdam thinks an app could help identify troubled teens

1/7/2019
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(Jan 7, 2019) One of the most confounding issues facing schools is identifying potentially threatening behavior before it occurs. Potsdam's school district thinks an app could help. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:45

01/04/19: Ice, snow and more great views — Phelps Mt. in winter

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(Jan 4, 2019) Brian Mann makes his first climb up Phelps Mt. Meanwhile, back in Washington, a new Congress convenes, and Elise Stefanik joins a handful of House Republicans voting with Democrats to end the government shutdown.

Duration:00:06:12

01/03/19: Friction in Albany could slow the progressive policy train

1/3/2019
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(Jan 3, 2019) With a new majority in the state Senate, Democrats now control both chambers of the New York state legislature, plus the governor's office. Leaders hope to move forward on a list of priorities stalled for years by the old GOP-dominated Senate. It might not be so simple.

Duration:00:06:15

1/2/19: Can Cuomo address 'national unrest' from the governor's mansion?

1/2/2019
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(Jan 2, 2019) Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected after promising voters that he wouldn't run for president in 2020. This week, Cuomo used his inauguration to call out federal "malfeasance" and set policy goals on abortion, guns, and more. Lauren Rosenthal hosts.

Duration:00:05:58

12/31/18: Stefanik faces changes and challenges in third term

12/31/2018
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(Dec 31, 2018) North Country Republican Elise Stefanik has served two terms in the U.S. House. She's seasoned. But there are significant wrinkles as her third term approaches. For starters, her party isn't in the majority any more. Democrats are. And then there's Pres. Donald Trump. Martha Foley hosts.

Duration:00:09:43

12/28/18: The North Country's biggest stories in 2018

12/28/2018
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(Dec 28, 2018) From the Winter Olympics in South Korea to cryptocurrency mining in Massena to overcrowding in the Adirondacks, our news team sorts through the biggest stories of the year. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:12:27

12/27/18: When the local court system goes wrong

12/27/2018
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(Dec 27, 2018) There are more than 1,000 village and town courts across New York State. And there are dozens of documented cases of justices abusing their power. But calls for reform have largely been futile. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:05

12/24/18: A holiday ritual of giving and receiving in Potsdam

12/24/2018
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(Dec 24, 2018) The Potsdam holiday fund distributes tens of thousands of dollars in food and gifts to families in need every year. Volunteers make it an annual tradition to make the deliveries in person. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:26

12/21/18: If the police mistreat you, where do you turn?

12/21/2018
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(Dec 21, 2018) Police departments in big cities have independent panels to investigate complaints of mistreatment or civil rights violations. Small town police have no such thing. An incident involving a transgender individual in Watertown is drawing attention to the issue. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:22

12/20/18: The Christmas American revolutionaries lost it at Fort Ti

12/20/2018
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(Dec 20, 2018) Historians are learning new details about how an encampment of American soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga erupted into a riot, and threatened unity against the British. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:36

12/19/18: We break down the North Country's $70M in REDC projects

12/19/2018
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(Dec 19, 2018) The North Country received the least of all the state regions sharing $750M in economic development funding. But that's still a lot of money for everything from hotels and hospitals to wastewater treatment facilities. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:13

12/18/18: Cuomo previews an ambitious progressive agenda for 2019

12/18/2018
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(Dec 18, 2018) Governor Andrew Cuomo got a head start to his third term. Monday at the New York City Bar Association, he laid out his agenda for 2019, preempting his own State of the State speech in January. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:08

12/17/18: The debate over food stamps and work rules isn't going away

12/17/2018
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(Dec 17, 2018) A proposal by House Republicans to impose new work rules on many food stamp recipients didn't make the final version of the Farm Bill. Many people who receive food stamps say that's fine, they're working already. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:17