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Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec
Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Railway Exec speaks about Lac-Megantic disaster

The chairman of the American railway at the center of the deadly disaster in Quebec is speaking out about his company's struggles.

The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway faces a barrage of investigations and lawsuits, following the explosion last month that authorities say left 47 people dead. One of the railroad's industrial trains rolled free, derailed and exploded in the heart of Lac-Megantic.

Ed Burkhardt, who lives in Chicago, is the chairman of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic. He spoke in-depth with Brian Mann last week. Burkhardt spoke first about the fact that his company has so far failed to pay for expensive clean-up effort in the village.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

Prison guard union smarting over closure announcement

Correction officers say they are still in "shock," that late on a July Friday, with very little advance warning, Governor Cuomo's prison agency announced the closure of four prisons within the next year. And they are asking the legislature to rescind the closures.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Gillibrand defends brownfield cleanup funding

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was travelling across upstate on Monday touting a bill she says will make it easier to redevelop environmentally-contaminated properties known as brownfields. Her effort comes a few days after a House committee voted to cut funding for brownfield cleanup.  Go to full article

Attorney General helps Drum troops recover vehicles from defunct company

New York's attorney general has stepped in to help Fort Drum soldiers returning from overseas retrieve personal vehicles.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">hmocopymonkey</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Gillibrand: Rate compromise would leave students "laden with debt"

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn't be tied to market rates.

Congress let...  Go to full article
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at the NYC Pride Parade last month. Photo: <a href="">Neon Tommy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo likens Weiner sexting scandal to "summer theater"

Governor Cuomo refuses to get involved in the controversy surrounding former Congressman Anthony Weiner's latest sexting activities, and his refusal to drop out of the race...  Go to full article
Dan Mullin minds his grill at the Potsdam Summer Festival. Photo: Conant Neville

Barbecue is serious business

A lot of people like to barbecue in the summer. For most, it's a relaxing activity. For others it's serious business. Dan Mullin of Gouverneur has a passion for cooking and...  Go to full article
<i>Forever Wild</i> is the third novel in Tony Holtzman's Adirondack Trilogy.

Holtzman wraps up his Adirondack trilogy with "Forever Wild"

A long-time Adirondack summer resident has published the third book in a series of novels about the history of the region. Tony Holtzman will talk about his Adirondack...  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among two slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

Prison closures will sting in Franklin and Saratoga counties

State Senator Betty Little says the loss of two state prisons in the North Country will mean a painful loss of jobs in Franklin and Saratoga Counties.  Go to full article
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Lawsuit targets new dairy size regulations

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the state because of its new dairy size regulations.

Until this year, farms with more than 200 cows needed to comply...  Go to full article
Adirondack Health's Lake Placid facility. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Lake Placid officials seek ways to provide 24/7 emergency coverage

Adirondack Health's Board of Trustees ended months of speculation last week when it voted to convert the around-the-clock emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital to part...  Go to full article
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