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7/16/19: Stefanik chides Trump, but also the women he attacked

7/16/2019
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(Jul 16, 2019) Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik responded to President Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on four Democratic lawmakers - all women of color, all Americans. But she also sharply criticized them. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:05

7/15/19: How prisons became the North Country's normal

7/15/2019
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(Jul 15, 2019) In the 1980s, two politicians - one Democrat and one Republican - collaborated to create more prison cells for the state's draconian drug laws. And that meant more jobs for people in the North Country. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:38

7/12/19: Yes, the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario have flooded before

7/12/2019
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(Jul 12, 2019) Many shoreline homeowners and politicians blame regulators for flooding this year and in 2017. They say it never happened before. But records show a handful of years when water levels came within inches of where they are today. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:52

7/11/19: A farmers market on wheels delivers fresh produce to small North Country towns

7/11/2019
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(Jul 11, 2019) Farmers markets are a North Country fixture of summer. But not every community has one, and some towns are a long drive from one. A new project is bringing the farmers market (with a salad bar) to the towns. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:32

7/10/19: "Frontcountry" stewards help hikers make sense of new Adirondack rules

7/10/2019
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(Jul 10, 2019) In an effort to deal with overcrowding on popular trails in the High Peaks, the state has closed four miles of Rt.73 to parking. So what to do? Stewards are staffing stands to answer questions. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:11

7/9/19: Local leaders thought they had a deal on snowmobile trails. A judge ruled otherwise.

7/9/2019
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(Jul 9, 2019) A state court has ruled that a plan to carve more and wider snowmobile trails into the Adirondack Park is illegal because it would cut down too many trees. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:08

7/8/19: Why automatic voter registration failed in New York

7/8/2019
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(Jul 8, 2019) A dustup over a small bit of language doomed a bill that would have had people opt out of voting, rather than registering to opt in. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:43

7/5/19: How Clayton's downtown is handling the high water

7/5/2019
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(Jul 5, 2019) Clayton's 19th century "Main Street" - it's actually called Riverside Drive - backs up to the St. Lawrence River, which is experiencing another year of high water and flooding. But the downtown businesses are coping, and hoping the flooding doesn't keep tourists away. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:22

7/3/19: A protest in Plattsburgh over conditions at migrant detention centers near Mexico

7/3/2019
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(Jul 3, 2019) A report by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has detailed squalid conditions at U.S.-run detention centers along the southern border. About 50 people in Plattsburgh protested to call for them to be closed. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:03

7/2/19: Shippers say no to increased outflows from the St. Lawrence River

7/2/2019
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(Jul 2, 2019) Many shoreline residents and lawmakers want regulators to push even more water through the dam in Massena. But shippers say that would endanger freighters and cost their industry millions of dollars. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:13

7/1/19: Dems in Albany rethink prisons as North Country economic driver

7/1/2019
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(Jul 1, 2019) State prisons across the North Country have provided some of the best paying and most reliable jobs in the region for several decades. But Democratic leaders in Albany say criminal justice and prison reform should trump economic development. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:25

6/28/19: Storm clouds gathering over the Adirondack Park Agency

6/28/2019
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(Jun 28, 2019) Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated a bunch of people to fill vacancies on the influential Adirondack Park Agency. But green groups are fighting for other candidates, who are more steeped in environmental policy. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:43

6/27/19: County clerks bristle at new drivers license bill

6/27/2019
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(Jun 27, 2019) It's now legal for New York State to issue drivers licenses to people even though they don't have legal status in the U.S. But some county clerks say they won't obey the new law. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:07

6/26/19: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie comes to the North Country and preaches unity

6/26/2019
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(Jun 26, 2019) Now that Republicans no longer control New York State's Senate, many North Country lawmakers are out of power in Albany. And they're worried about that. One of the Capitol's most powerful politicians, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie came to Plattsburgh to try to bridge the difference. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:28

6/25/19: The IJC works to burnish its public image

6/25/2019
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(Jun 25, 2019) The International Joint Commission didn't do much to defend itself this spring and summer amidst withering criticism over flooding on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Now the IJC is starting to make its own case and answer people's questions. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:10:44

6/24/19: As progressives remake New York, growing pushback from the North Country

6/24/2019
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(Jun 24, 2019) The 2019 state legislative session was the most productive - and progressive - in years. All but one North Country lawmaker are Republicans outside the governing majorities. They're not happy with the results. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:38

6/21/19: Climate change, the wettest year on record, and Lake Ontario's flooding

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(Jun 21, 2019) Many lawmakers and shoreline residents are blaming the International Joint Commission for this year's record high water and flooding. But along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, another debate is happening about the effects of climate change. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:57

6/20/19: State legislature passes controversial farmworkers rights bill

6/20/2019
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(Jun 20, 2019) The state legislature ends a landmark session with many new measures that have been on progressives' wish list for years. Among them, granting farmworkers the rights most other workers have. Many farmers are not happy though. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:23

6/19/19: Keeping Adirondack campsites on the wild side

6/19/2019
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(Jun 19, 2019) New York state has a new plan for how you should camp in the Park and they want your feedback. The plan could affect everything from wilderness primitive sites to roadside pull-ins. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:12

6/18/19: The role of climate change and weather, not the IJC, in flooding

6/18/2019
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(Jun 18, 2019) Many politicians are blaming the regulatory agency, the IJC, for the flooding on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. But scientists and climate change researchers say no agency could have prevented this wet spring from causing floods. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:21