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A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. In his letter, Dr. Nirav Shah says some other states didn't seriously study health concerns before allowing hydrofracking. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. In his letter, Dr. Nirav Shah says some other states didn't seriously study health concerns before allowing hydrofracking. Photo: Marie Cusick

NYS fracking health study won't make its deadline

It looks like the decision on whether to allow large-scale hydraulic fracturing in New York state will probably be delayed. In a letter this afternoon, State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah wrote his department needs more time to investigate fracking's potential health impacts. Shah said that's because the issues they're considering are very complex.  Go to full article
AMPA advocates for the rights of partners and spouses of same-sex couples in the military.

How same-sex military couples feel about benefits news

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners.

The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens wants incremental approach to gun control

As gun control talks continue in Washington, the North Country's representative in the House thinks Congress should tread carefully on a matter he says has far-reaching constitutional implications.

Congressman Bill Owens said recently that gun control efforts should start by focusing on areas of common interest, like expanded background checks for gun buyers. The Democrat from Plattsburgh believes that some of the other issues being discussed on the national level, like tighter restrictions on assault weapons, are too volatile, and it makes sense to move forward with less controversial issues.  Go to full article
Josh Fox (left) is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 anti-fracking documentary, <em>Gasland</em>. Pro-fracking film-maker Phelim McAleer, is the producer of <em>Fracknation</em>. The two met briefly outside a NY Senate hearing. Photos: Karen DeWitt.

Fracking filmmakers dispute at the Capitol

Dueling pro- and anti-fracking filmmakers were in Albany for screenings and promotions for their films Monday, as they await a decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on whether...  Go to full article
F-35A fighters such as these may be in use by the Vermont Air National Guard.

VT rep pushes back against F-35 jet at Burlington

The Air Force is considering basing its new fighter jet, the F-35, at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington airport. The plan has encountered fierce...  Go to full article
Cities and towns around the country have started allowing chickens and other agricultural activities in residential areas.<br />Photo: Photo: <a href="">Rachel Tayse</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Canton moves toward chickens, vegetable farms

The town of Canton is moving forward with zoning changes that would allow chickens and community gardens in residential areas. The Town Council decided Monday to draft two...  Go to full article
Caperton Tissot with an antique ice saw at the ice palace in Saranac Lake.  Photo: Andy Flynn.

Adirondack Attic: how they cut the ice for the frozen palace

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article

Tuesday's news briefs from the Associated Press

NY spending $3.6 million dollars to create 4 food hubs upstate. Senate Independent Democrats make a last push on minimum wage. NY Capitol rallies set on gun rights, limits....  Go to full article
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NY gunowners to NRA: sign us up!

New York gun owners are fighting back against the state's new gun control law. WNYC's Robert Lewis has been following the story, which took him to a gun show in Albany.  Go to full article
A yellow submarine floats through the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Davidson)

Anatomy of a Winter Carnival Parade

This weekend marked the close of Saranac Lake's 116th Winter Carnival. One of the big draws every year is the home-made parade.

Dozens of floats and marchers...  Go to full article
Education reform expert Michael Fullan.  Photo: <a href=""></a>

How schools can really improve, in one expert's view

An international education reform expert says if schools in New York want to improve, they need to foster motivation in teachers and students. Michael Fullan is speaking...  Go to full article
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