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All Before Five: 02/01/12

North Country police and officials say legal fake pot is starting to become a real problem. Essex County's supervisor Randy Douglas was at the capitol this week for a big meeting of county leaders. One big topic on people's minds was mandate reform. Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver continues his push to raise the state minimum wage. And we'll visit one family's root cellar for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jaimy Gordon

Our guest is Jaimy Gordon. Her fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2011. Her other work includes the novels Shamp of the City-Solo, She Drove Without Stopping, and Bogeywoman. Pedro Ponce and Ellen Rocco host.

Thursday, February 2, Gordon will give a reading at 7:30 pm in Sykes Common Room on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton NY, as part of the SLU Writers Series. This event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Silver pushes for minimum wage hike, worries about pension changes

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is continuing to push for his bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Speaker is also expressing reservations about Governor Cuomo's plan to offer an option of 401k-style retirement plans for future state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
Synthetic marijuana, packaged as herbal incense. Source: Wikipedia

Synthetic pot a growing worry

Synthetic marijuana, packaged under names like "herbal incense" and "potpourri," gives users a high similar to cannabis, and the side effects can be dangerous.

Law...  Go to full article
SUNY Plaza, Albany

New grant monies a challenge for SUNY

Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York's network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth and he's proposing to provide the resources to do so....  Go to full article
Some of the new land acquired by Newcomb. Photo: Carl Heilman.

Newcomb buys former timberland for development

The Town of Newcomb in the central Adirondacks has purchased 348 acres from The Nature Conservancy for development projects along Route 28N.

The deal is part of a...  Go to full article
Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park

Roswell park faces state cuts, lobbies for alternatives

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute relies on $100 million in taxpayer funding each year. Governor Cuomo wants to zero out that budget line for the Buffalo research facility by...  Go to full article
Winnie and Rob Sachno's root cellar in Pierrepont, NY. (photo: Paula Schechter)

Heard Up North: more than roots in this cellar

Root cellars were an essential part of nearly every home a hundred years ago. And along with an increase in the number of people growing their own food is the return to the...  Go to full article
Jane Lammer's <i>Perennial Bliss</i> exhibit continues at First Crush Bistro in Potsdam this month.

Garden photos offer a mid-winter break

A new photo exhibit in Potsdam connects art, music, gardens and friendship. Photographer Jane Lammers spent time last spring, summer and early fall in the perennial gardens...  Go to full article

Preview: Northern Symphonic Winds in Massena

The Northern Symphonic Winds winter concert is this Saturday night (7:30) in the Massena High School Auditorium. "Altered States" is the theme of the concert that will also...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 01/31/12

The state redistricting task force is getting an earful after their release last week of new district lines many say are gerrymandered. After a lot of discussion, St....  Go to full article
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