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Bill Branson is president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: <a href="">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Bill Branson is president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Man at the heart of the Great Adirondack Railroad Debate

A group that wants to tear up an old railroad track in the Adirondack Park and replace it with a multi-use trail says it has gathered more than 10,000 signatures supporting the idea.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, known as ARTA, formed last year, reviving the debate over what should be done with the historic rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid.  Go to full article
The new Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

New peer-to-peer center reaches out to veterans

A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown at 247 State Street. The center hopes to be a gateway for vets in the area, where volunteer veterans will help their peers get the services they need.  Go to full article
Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos.

Senate GOP leader dampens progressive expectations

Senate Republicans dampened expectations that the new governing coalition in the Senate would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns.

Senator Dean Skelos met privately with his Republican members to discuss the new governing coalition with the five member Independent Democratic Conference.

IDC Leader Senator Jeff Klein has said he intends next session to press for some key traditionally Democratic issues, including raising the minimum wage and public financing of campaigns.

But Senate GOP Leader Skelos expressed some reservations.  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan...  Go to full article

Books: Waterfalls of New York State

New York is home to the most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls, but the state also boasts more than 2,000 other waterfalls. Todd Moe talks with David Schryver,...  Go to full article
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New studies show NY school funding not meeting court order

It's been nearly ten years since New York's highest court ruled that the state needed to better fund schools, and an attorney who helped litigate that case says it may be...  Go to full article
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy <a href="">North Country Pastured</a>

Chicken processors nearly on line

Almost ten years ago, a visiting speaker at St. Lawrence University planted a seed. ...  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

USDA revises school lunch rules

The federal government is easing its new rules for school lunches. In a letter to members of...  Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

NY water regulations raise concerns about fracking

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation appears to be nearing the end of its four-year hydrofracking review. If the DEC gives an OK to the controversial drilling...  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo:  <a href="">JvL</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Senate coalition responds to diversity critics

The newly formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats who will run the New York State Senate in January made its first public appearance yesterday. The senators responded...  Go to full article
Photo: Lisa M. Macias, via Wikimedia Commons

Thruway may act on truck tolls

The New York State Thruway Authority board is scheduled to meet again next Monday. But there's still uncertainty whether they will finally act on a proposal to raise truck...  Go to full article
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