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Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Legislature says yes to casinos, no to women's agenda

State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses. But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women's Equality Act, which ultimately, failed.  Go to full article
Albany approved sales tax hikes in the final moments of the year-long session.

4 North Country counties win last-minute sales tax hikes

In the final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers pushed through sales tax hikes for four counties.

The the largest was a 1 percent hike in St. Lawrence County.

Essex County also boosted its sales tax by a quarter percent.

Clinton and Franklin Counties saw their sales taxes extended by the state legislature.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"

Russell: Senate should vote on reproductive rights

After hours of emotional debate, the New York State Assembly passed the 10-point Women's Equality Act Thursday. It includes measures on equal pay, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights.

It's that last part, that codifies a woman's right to have an abortion, that's stalling the bill in the upper chamber. The State Senate is expected to take up only nine points of the bill today, excluding abortion.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Ashley Hassett

Cuomo says he'll investigate legislature on campaign finance

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frustrated by what he says is the failure of the legislature to agree to a reform package, says he'll follow through with a threat to investigate...  Go to full article
A still from a promotional video for the Adirondack Coast. Image:

Champlain Valley wineries get official recognition

Amid Wednesday's flurry of action in Albany, a bill passed that creates an official Adirondack Coast Wine Trail. According to the New York State Wine and Grape Association,...  Go to full article
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling the kegs at Canton's first brewery

From Glens Falls to Sackets Harbor, new breweries have been churning out local beer across the North Country.

Starting this weekend, St. Lawrence County will have...  Go to full article
Montreal and Plattsburgh are only 62 miles apart. Image:

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's U.S. suburb?

It's only 40 minutes on the highway from Plattsburgh to Montreal and the two regions share a border, a history - and an economy.  Go to full article
Minor Swing (left to right): Lorie Gruneisen, violin; Christopher Brown; guitar; Victor Caamano, guitar; David Katz, bass. Photo: Joel Hurd

Listen: Kickin' off summer with gypsy jazz

Minor Swing joined Todd Moe in the NCPR studio this morning to celebrate the start of summer with a taste of what they call gypsy jazz, or gypsy swing. The style was...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article
In New York state, the number of youth confined in public facilities decreased from 2,517 in 2001 to 1,005 in 2010, a 60 percent decline. Photo: Richard Ross, Juvenile-in-Justice Project

Study finds fewer NY, US children behind bars

A new study released this week finds that the US is putting fewer children behind bars. New York state has seen one of the sharpest drops.

In 2000 there were more...  Go to full article
Photo: NYS Senate

Cuomo wins some, loses some at end of session

Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights...  Go to full article
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