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1/23/18: Dairy farmers have bigger fish to fry than the Farm Bill

1/23/2018
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(Jan 23, 2018) Yes, dairy farmers will count on a new Farm Bill this year to provide a better crop insurance program and for things like land conservation. But the Farm Bill won't solve dairy's biggest problems. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:44


1/22/18: The Hotel Saranac, reborn

1/22/2018
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(Jan 22, 2018) The Hotel Saranac is one of the most recognizable buildings in Saranac Lake. So it was a big blow for the village when it closed five years ago. And that's why there's a big celebration now that it's open again. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:52


1/19/18: Just the facts, thanks, on handgun registration

1/19/2018
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(Jan 19, 2018) A controversial and apparently confusing part of New York's SAFE Act takes effect in a couple weeks. People who own handguns will have to register them. It may sound simple, but gun owners and law enforcement officials aren't sure exactly what it means. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:44


1/18/18: Helping students in poverty succeed in the classroom

1/18/2018
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(Jan 18, 2018) There are widespread studies that show poverty can cause trauma. Children carry those issues to school. And that makes it hard to learn. A new program is trying to find ways to help. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:47


1/17/18: A church where guns and religion go hand in hand

1/17/2018
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(Jan 17, 2018) The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God advertises itself as a place that is explicitly not a "gun-free zone". Its pastor says, with mass shootings occurring with frequency in this country, protecting the flock means doing so with a loaded gun. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:07


1/16/18: Ice jams cause flood evacuation in Plattsburgh

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(Jan 16, 2018) Work crews thought they had made progress on clearing ice jams in the Saranac River in Plattsburgh. But then the waters rose again. And an entire mobile home park had to be evacuated. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:04:38


1/15/18: What happens when floodwaters suddenly turn to ice?

1/15/2018
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(Jan 15, 2018) A brief bout of T-shirt weather hit the North Country last week, causing ice jams and widespread flooding. Now, we're back to freezing cold. First responders and homeowners are struggling to keep up. Lauren Rosenthal hosts.

Duration:00:04:57


1/12/18: What kind of sexual misconduct probe can New York actually do?

1/12/2018
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(Jan 12, 2018) Many people, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are calling for an independent investigation into claims of sexual harassment by State Senator Jeff Klein. But what does that really mean? David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:38


1/11/18: Who's to blame for salt and lead in the water in Orleans?

1/11/2018
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(Jan 11, 2018) Hundreds of residents with corrosive salt in their well water blame the state's road salt barn on Rt. 12 in the town of Orleans. But despite multiple studies pointing that way, the state insists it's not them. David Sommerstein reports.

Duration:00:08:27


1/10/18: How the cold weather caught the home heating industry off guard

1/10/2018
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(Jan 10, 2018) We have loads of natural gas, propane, and oil being produced in this country, more than ever. But punishing cold over the holidays froze up the home heating supply chain. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:11


1/9/18: 20 year after the Ice Storm

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(Jan 9, 2018) Two decades ago today, the North Country was deep in darkness and cold, after an arctic blast turned days of freezing rain into ice, snapping power lines. But North Country Public Radio managed to stay on the air. Here's how. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:25


1/8/18: The jobs that kept you out in the arctic cold

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(Jan 8, 2018) Most of us work inside these days, so while it may be chilly, it's not that big a deal. But if you work on a farm or a ski lift or a road crew, you have to be outside, even if it's well below zero. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:30


1/5/18: "Like a cork in a bottle", a big ship is stuck in an icy lock

1/5/2018
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(Jan 5, 2018) The St. Lawrence Seaway was supposed to close five days ago. But an international freighter is lodged in ice in a lock in Massena. Three tugs can't pull it out. And four other ships still need to get through. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:14


1/4/18: In a gloomy speech, Cuomo offers bright lights in the North Country

1/4/2018
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(Jan 4, 2018) Governor Andrew Cuomo predicted 2018 will be New York's "most challenging" year in his State of the State speech Wednesday. But he also offered some hope by highlighting projects that are succeeding, including in the North Country. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:54


1/3/18: A North Country mail carrier, in snow, in sleet, in rain...

1/3/2018
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(Jan 3, 2018) Some jobs bear the worst brunt of cold weather like this. Mail carriers are definitely one of those jobs. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:17


1/2/18: Why not go skiing when it's 15 below?

1/2/2018
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(Jan 2, 2018) The instinct when it's this cold is to nest. But if you bundle up good, and get your body moving. a cross-country ski to Avalanche Lake in the Adirondacks can be the perfect answer to arctic cold. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:45


12/29/17: Life with early-onset Alzheimer's, made very public

12/29/2017
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(Dec 29, 2017) Researchers say as many 200,000 Americans a year experience Alzheimer�??s when still relatively young, developing dementia-like symptoms in their forties and fifties. Bella Doolittle was diagnosed last February. She and her husband, Will, are documenting how the disease is affecting their lives, day by day. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:54


12/28/17: A home for homeless veterans in Saratoga County

12/28/2017
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(Dec 28, 2017) Homelessness for veterans in rural communities means couch surfing, sleeping in cars, or living rough in the woods.That can make it hard to identify homeless veterans and connect them to the services they need. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:14


12/27/17: Up close to the action at a Watertown Wolves game

12/27/2017
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(Dec 27, 2017) In a lot of ways, minor league sporting events are better than the big league games. Cheaper seats close to the action. Cheap food and drink. And a community atmosphere. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:09


12/26/17: SUNY Plattsburgh braces for cuts, including a controversial one

12/26/2017
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(Dec 26, 2017) SUNY Plattsburgh's Center for Community Engagement felt like it was on a roll in 2017, with successful projects like street murals and pop-up theater shows. So it was surprising to find out the administration is cutting the program next year. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:04

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