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A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills. Flickr Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills. Flickr Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Summer Reading List Call-in

In our annual Summer Reading List Call-in staff, guests and listeners share the best beach reads and whatever else is on the summer reading bookshelf. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined by book maven John Ernst and producer Tasha Haverty.  Go to full article
Archival photograph of blue green algae from the Vermont Department of Health

Toxic blue green algae plagues Lake Champlain

Health officials in New York and Vermont say there have already been at least two outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae on Lake Champlain. The first was reported last week near the Crown Point bridge. The second, reported Tuesday, forced closure of the public beaches in Port Henry. There have also been reports of outbreaks near Burlington and Missisquoi Bay. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
I think you'll see closure of schools. I think you'll see mergers of schools.

Many NY schools expect to use up savings in next 18 months

A new survey shows that many New York school districts are within a year and a half of exhausting their fund balances. School business leaders say that could lead to district consolidationsor closures. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article the tag line for NY's Regional Economic Development Councils

Advocates want Douglas removed from North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Multi-use trail advocates want Garry Douglas removed as co-chairman of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for allegedly showing bias toward railroad...  Go to full article
Cyber-navigator Zach McMahon helps patron Charlie Brown navigate a computer. Photo: Front and Center

Filling out social service forms, without digital literacy

Throughout Front and Center, our continuing collaboration with WBEZ , we've been exploring issues of literacy and how that affects people in school life and work. Usually...  Go to full article
Arian Maury riding her horse Champ.

Heard Up North: An afternoon at the horse barn

Horseback riding was once our main form of transportation, but today the people who ride do it because they love the animal and the sport. We spoke with local equestrian...  Go to full article
Atmospheric carbon-14 spike caused by nuclear testing.

Natural Selections: Fallout and carbon dating

Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss radiocarbon dating. Fallout from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons has distorted the background levels of the radioactive isotope...  Go to full article
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Massena hospital downsizing staff

Massena Memorial Hospital has started a hiring freeze, and isn't planning to fill 13 vacant positions. In a press release, Chief Executive Charles Fahd II, says the hospital...  Go to full article

Fort Drum soldier becomes citizen at White House ceremony

It's a national tradition for the White House to perform a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Independence Day. Joanna Richards reports that this year, the...  Go to full article

Cuomo may soon allow limited hydro-fracking

Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydro-fracking in New York. However, the state legislature left for the summer without acting on...  Go to full article
Rick Jacobs, CFO at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants NY to expand Medicaid

Leaders at Canton-Potsdam Hospital want New York to expand the Medicaid program to include people whose incomes are above the federal poverty level. In its ruling upholding...  Go to full article
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