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4/20/18: Gun control becomes an issue in the North Country's race for Congress

4/20/2018
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(Apr 20, 2018) Gun control hasn't been much of an issue in previous Congressional races. The North Country is rural and many people support gun rights. But the national, student-led movement after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting is changing the conversation. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:55

4/19/18: Balancing growth & small town feel in the Adks

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(Apr 19, 2018) Saranac Lake wants New York to give it $10 million for downtown revitalization, too. But could it spark too much of a good thing? David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:12

4/18/18: Is there enough capital in the North Country to leverage $10M?

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(Apr 18, 2018) The Downtown Revitalization Initiative requires local investors to bring their own money to projects that win grants. But in a region with little wealth, how much is that really possible? David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:15

4/17/18: Is $10M a game changer for the North Country's cities, or just another grant?

4/17/2018
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(Apr 17, 2018) Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, and Watertown have all won $10 million through New York's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. But does this kind of thing work to spark a renaissance? David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:05

4/16/18: Police with guns in North Country's schools

4/16/2018
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(Apr 16, 2018) Canton is poised to join a handful of school districts that employ a gun-wielding police officer full-time. But some parents in Canton want more discussion about the details. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:40

4/13/18: Decades of calls to reform New York's local court system, but not much reform

4/13/2018
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(Apr 13, 2018) High profile cases of sexual assault and abuse of power by local justices have spurred on reform efforts. But the network of town and village courts remains much as it was decades ago. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:20

4/12/18: How New York turns regular people into judges

4/12/2018
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(Apr 12, 2018) We follow a former sheriff's deputy as he begins his tenure behind the bench, with no prior judicial training. Part of our series on New York State's system of town and village courts. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:10:59

4/11/18: Most North Country judges don't have law degrees

4/11/2018
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(Apr 11, 2018) Chances are if you go before a local village or town justice, that judge hasn't had a formal legal education. At least, not at first. The first part in a series on New York's local courts system. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:45

4/10/18: How to help military kids adjust to new schools...again

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(Apr 10, 2018) Children of military service members move, on average, six to nine times by the time they graduate from high school. That means adjusting to new schools, new classes, new friends, again and again and again. Schools are trying to help. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:56

4/9/18: You'll be surprised who doesn't like Trump in NY-21

4/9/2018
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(Apr 9, 2018) In Rep. Elise Stefanik's second open town hall in Moriah, right-leaning residents spoke vocally against President Donald Trump. That could be a warning sign for the Congresswoman's efforts to get re-elected. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:01

4/6/18: Stefanik faces the boos and the critics in town hall

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(Apr 6, 2018) Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's critics have been calling on her to hold a public, open-format town hall meeting for more than a year. They finally got what they wanted, and they had a lot to say. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:30

4/5/18: Why Stefanik has been taking heat for not holding town halls

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(Apr 5, 2018) Republican Elise Stefanik has held coffees, constituent meetings, Q&As over the phone, but no open town halls. Until this week. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:19

4/4/18: Bitcoin mining in the North Country - hope or hype?

4/4/2018
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(Apr 4, 2018) Bitcoin mining companies have been lining up to locate to the North Country. They're promising lots of investment and jobs. They need cheap electricity to run their stacks of computers. Does it make sense for our region? David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:26

4/3/18: Bitcoin mining, explained

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(Apr 3, 2018) Bitcoin mining has become the talk of the North Country - whether it's the foundation of a new economic boom, or just a bunch of computers that are going to suck all the electricity out of the region. But what is bitcoin mining, anyway? We have an explainer. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:30

4/2/18: Lake Ontario residents fear another spring of high water

4/2/2018
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(Apr 2, 2018) Lake Ontario is nine inches above long-term averages for this time of year, but it's six inches below what it was last year when the spring melt started. Either way, residents are worried about a repeat of last year's flooding. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:45

3/30/18: Stefanik builds firewall with bread and butter issues

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(Mar 30, 2018) Republican Elise Stefanik's critics have been vocal about her stances on health care and President Trump, among other hot-button topics. But much of what a Representative does - and builds the most support from - is handling local issues. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:12

3/29/18: Concerns on campus amidst Trump's immigration crackdown

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(Mar 29, 2018) The North Country's university campuses are the most diverse places in the region. Many people who study, work, or live near them have big questions about the strong presence of U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:41

3/28/18: A time Akwesasne Mohawks told Alcoa what they really think

3/28/2018
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(Mar 28, 2018) In 2013, Alcoa held public hearings about a plan to clean up PCBs near the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Mohawks gave Alcoa officials an earful. The moment is documented in a new book. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:29

3/27/18: "Ski it while you can" to Raquette Falls

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(Mar 27, 2018) We're binging on audio skis this week. The trails in the Adirondack backcountry are still in remarkably good shape. One classic x-country ski is the 10-mile round-trip to Raquette Falls. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:45

3/26/18: A taste of Adirondack wilderness, closer to Fort Drum than Mt. Marcy

3/26/2018
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(Mar 26, 2018) The Indian River Lakes region in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties feels like a hybrid between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence River. There's a geological reason for that. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:44

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