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The "Big Four" - John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young - with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.
The "Big Four" - John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young - with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.

Food, politics, and The Big Four at Farm Aid

For the first time in its 28 year history, Farm Aid came to Upstate New York on Saturday. The headliners were, as in every year, the "Big Four": Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews.

It's the longest running benefit concert in the country, started to help farmers devastated by drought and a credit crunch.

Today it's about much more than good music to help farmers stay in business. It's about buying local, sustaining rural communities, and considering the roles of "Big Agriculture" and "small family farms" in America.

Natasha Haverty and David Sommerstein tagged teamed our coverage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

Corruption panel will hear from reformers

The second hearing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission on corruption in the legislature will be held Tuesday evening in Albany. Government reform groups are scheduled to testify, and some say the commission should also be looking at some of the campaign contributions to the governor himself.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Lawmakers stonewall Cuomo commission on client lists

Lawyers for the New York State legislature say legislators who are also attorneys won't comply with a request from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commission on public corruption to hand over lists of their private clients.  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village.  (Photo:  Surete du Quebec)

In Lac-Megantic, grief and resilience

Back in July, a massive tanker train filled with petroleum from North Dakota derailed in a tiny town in Quebec.
Explosions and fire ripped through the village, killing...  Go to full article
With cold nights and sunny days bright fall foliage is finally here. Archive Photo of the Day: Patricia Lincourt.

How to help plants survive a frost or two

Scattered frost doesn't necessarily mean the end of the vegetable garden. Some tender leafy plants won't survive (basil, winter squash...), and fruits like tomatoes and...  Go to full article

Readers, writers gather in Kingston, Ontario

NCPR is media sponsor for the Fifth Annual Kingston Writers Fest. The event kicks off Wednesday evening with featured speaker Margaret Atwood. Dozens of nationally and...  Go to full article
Some environmental activists have continued to oppose the ACR project.  File photo

Nearly two years later, Big Tupper resort tangled in court

We reported yesterday that a volunteer group ARISE plans to reopen the Big Tupper ski area this winter. The group is hoping to keep the ski area active until the Adirondack...  Go to full article
State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with onerous government regulation at a forum Thursday in Watertown. From left are senators David Valesky, Patrick Gallivan, Patty Ritchie, and Kathleen Marchione. Photo by Joanna Richards

North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden

Farmers and agricultural industry leaders in the north country had the ears of state lawmakers yesterday in Watertown. The forum, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie, was...  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Upgrades coming to North Country airports

It's been a big month for North Country airports. Yesterday airports in Plattsburgh, Lake Clear, Watertown and Potsdam received major grants for infrastructure improvement...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward

Cuomo: Washington gridlock won't affect Obamacare in NY

Governor Cuomo says threats in Congress to defund Obamacare won't have any effect on the federal Affordable Health Care Act going forward in New York.

Cuomo says...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November.Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Casino referendum wording increases odds that amendment will pass, say critics

This November voters in New York will decide whether the state will allow up to seven new resort style gambling casinos, when they have the choice of saying yes or no to an...  Go to full article
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