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Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.
Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs hope casino pact paves way for more land

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo and the chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a surprise deal in Albany. It grants the Mohawks' exclusive gaming rights in the North Country. In return, the tribe will resume sharing millions of dollars in casino revenue with New York State and St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. That after a three-year dispute.

Yesterday, the chiefs were back in Akwesasne, holding a press conference at their brand new hotel and casino expansion.

They called Cuomo "sincere". They said it was the promise of resolving the Mohawks' 31-year old land claim that made the gaming pact possible.
David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30 percent of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011. Photo by Matt Richmond.

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers.That's raised the alarm worldwide among beekeepers, farmers and researchers.

Honey bees are big business, and some of the industries that are dependent on bees are adapting, finding ways to manage the losses.  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

Fracking not in NY's economic development plans

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York, is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future.  Go to full article
Cuomo waits to make his pitch for tax free SUNY zones yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hassett

Start-ups near SUNY campuses could have ten tax-free years

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are hitting the road to push his proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in...  Go to full article
The recovery bill from Hurricane Sandy is still being added up. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Weather disasters on the rise and taxpayers are getting the bill

The impact and severity of weather events like the tornado that hit Oklahoma City are increasing due to a changing global climate, according to research from the National...  Go to full article
One would expect coffee blossoms to give a little caffeine "buzz," but so do flowers in the citrus family. Honeybees on an orange blossom. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/danorth1/3442778069/">Daniel Orth</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Flowers, bees... and caffeine

Plants have many strategies for manipulating animals to do their bidding. Some flowers focus the attention of their pollinators with a familiar pick-me-up--caffeine. Martha...  Go to full article

Loons and logs in Newcomb Saturday

The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb kicks off the summer season with its second rubber loon race and the return of a 100-year-old Adirondack guide boat on...  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the Mohawk casino deal means for the North Country

Mohawk tribal chiefs joined Governor Cuomo in Albany yesterday to announce a new deal on casino exclusivity.

They signed off on settling a long-running dispute...  Go to full article
Newcomb Central School District cafeteria Photo: NCPR file

Voters slap down four school budgets that bust prop tax cap

Voters in the North Country sent a clear message to school districts that tried to exceed the state property tax cap. The answer was a resounding No.

The vast...  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, public domain

Silver moves on from Lopez controversy

One day after the state's powerful Assembly Speaker admitted "glaring failures" in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with...  Go to full article
Apples at the Rochester Public Market. Photo by Kate O'Connell

Fighting fire blight in NY's apple orchards

Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state. All this week, the Innovation Trail team is reporting on some of the current...  Go to full article
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