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All Before Five: 04/17/12

The state legislature is looking at the idea of raising the state's minimum wage--we'll look at what people in our area are thinking. Firefighters are fighting a brushfire near the Washington Correctional Facility in the village of Comstock. We'll look at fundraising in the North Country's congressional race. One North Country town is suing an Amish family for building permit violations. And a project to ease returning veterans' reintegration, seems to have lost its way.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jane Urquhart, "Sanctuary Line"

Our guest is Jane Urquhart, a Canadian novelist and poet, and the author of Sanctuary Line, a novel whose narrator studies monarch butterflies in a wildlife sanctuary on the north shore of Lake Erie. She is also author of the internationally-acclaimed novel, The Stone Carvers. Ellen Rocco and Betsy Kepes host.  Go to full article
NY National Guard Chaplain Col. Eric Olsen, of Saranac Lake, is an advocate for Homeward Bound Adirondack.

Saranac Lake vet reintegration center struggling

It was billed as a project that could transform the community and bring hope and healing to veterans and their families.

Two years later, Patriot Hills at Saranac Lake has a different name, no paid staff, little money raised and held only two programs last year.

Organizers of what is now called Homeward Bound Adirondacks, a proposed retreat and reintegration center for veterans and their families, insist the project is still moving forward, although not at the pace they initially hoped.

As Chris Knight reports, fundraising challenges and disputes about the project's direction are largely to blame.  Go to full article
The minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, is well below the historical average.

Debating the minimum wage

New York Democratic lawmakers are pushing a hike to the minimum wage. They're proposing raising it from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour.

Many liberals and labor groups are...  Go to full article
Democrat Bill owens leads the fundraising race in NY-21.

Owens leads cash race for NY-21

The latest campaign filings for the 21st district House race show Congressman Bill Owens leading his Republican challenger in the race to raise cash for November's election. ...  Go to full article
A technician at Rochester's Certified Grinding and Machine. Photo: Zack Seward, Innovation Trail

NY manufacturing growth slows

The recent uptick in growth for New York's manufacturing sector has slowed down. But the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports economists aren't too worried about it.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region in Roulette, Pennsylvania. Photo: Laurie Barr

Group says fracking would transform the rural landscape, hurting tourism

An historic preservation group is weighing in on hydro fracking for the first time, and they don't like what they say they've been learning about the gas drilling process....  Go to full article
Pleiades Star Cluster as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo: NASA

Night sky full of planets, on the move

It's been a great year for planet-watching. So says astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue, who teaches physics at St. Lawrence University.

She was in the NCPR studio this...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 04/16/12

The state Department of transportation says it won't add bike lanes to State route 86 in the least for now. The state's making 5.1 million dollars available to...  Go to full article

DOT says no to Tri-Lakes bike lane

Officials in the Tri-Lakes area want the state to build lanes for bicycles when state Route 86 is repaved this spring between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

The...  Go to full article
Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn DeStito plays used car saleswoman

NY State government gets into used car business

Governor Cuomo's administration is conducting the largest ever on line and in person auction of over 450 used cars and trucks as part of what they call a fleet reduction, to...  Go to full article
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