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All Before Five: 9/28/07

Feds admit they're having problems securing the U.S.-Canada border... State Republicans are fuming over Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants with valid foreign passports... State ag officials look to support New York's organic farmers... Moose numbers are up in a big way across the state, but so are the car accidents they cause.  Go to full article
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)

Report: US-Canada border "dangerously vulnerable"

Investigators for the Government Accountability Office say they were able to smuggle fake contraband designed to look like a dirty atomic bomb into the United States. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. In a report released yesterday, GAO officials say they crossed easily at seven different remote rural sites, including four unidentified spots on the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, there's a growing bipartisan consensus that the Bush Administration's strategy for security on the northern border isn't working.  Go to full article

New York moose population growing "exponentially"

State wildlife officials say New York's moose population is growing exponentially. Based on field work and sightings reported by the public, the Department of Environmental Conservation estimates as many as 500 moose could be living in the state, mostly in the Adirondacks. It's a dramatic increase from a decade ago, when the DEC put their number between 50 and 100. Only a handful of moose were in New York in the 1980s. It's now breeding season for moose and that means the animals are roaming far and wide looking for mates. This week, a bull moose broke through a fence at the Great Escape amusement park in Queensbury and trotted through the parking lot of Aviation Mall before DEC officers arrived to move the animal away from the area. DEC wildlife biologist Ken Kogut tells Jonathan Brown that as the number of moose increase so do the amount of car accidents they cause.  Go to full article

NY to help organic farmers

New York is taking measures to boost organic farming. The state has created a program in the Department of Agriculture to help farmers grow and sell organic produce. David...  Go to full article

GOP bridles Spitzer horse racing plans

Top officials from the Spitzer administration faced questions from a Senate panel about their proposals for the future of horse racing in New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Education Dept. tells schools to ?go green?

The State Education Department is telling school districts that want to build new buildings or to renovate existing ones to think green. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: sweet potato art

You could file today's Heard Up North under "culinary art." Massena woodcarver Ron Riley has been teaching young people how to carve soap and wood into toys and...  Go to full article

Fall foliage reaching peak fall colors

It should be a nice weekend for some fall color spotting around the region. Jim Carroll and his wife, Gina, are "leaf peepers" for the state tourism office. They live in...  Go to full article