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All Before Five: 4/25/08

Governor Paterson helps send off Fort Drum troops being deployed to Iraq... The U.S. House approves a bill requiring shippers to treat their ballast water and stop invasive species... A new study of consolidating community colleges in northern New York comes as a surprise to the colleges that could be consolidated... And a look at a couple of wildlife rehabilitators.  Go to full article

House vote shows broad support for ballast water rule

The U.S. House of representatives voted 395 to 7 yesterday on legislation to force ocean-going freighters to treat ballast water for invasive species before they enter US waters, like the St. Lawrence River. Ballast water is blamed for introducing foreign species like the zebra mussel, sea lampreys and the round goby. The new regulation sets tough standards for the number and size of living organisms that ships can release when they jettison ballast water. New ships have to have treatment technology by next year; all ships must treat ballast water by 2016. The new standard has support from the Great Lakes shipping industry and several environmental groups. Jennifer Caddick is executive director of Save the River, an environmental group based on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, NY. She spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article

SUNY considers merging two community colleges

The State University of New York will study the possibility of combining services and programs at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh and North Country Community College, which has campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. The study was recommended by State Senator Betty Little and comes as both colleges are facing a change in administration. But, as Chris Knight reports, officials at North Country Community College say they haven't been told much about the study or what it could mean.  Go to full article
Dave checks on the opossum

Helping hurt wildlife return to the wild

What do you do when you find a hurt or abandoned wild animal? It happens to just about everybody. Most of us call a veterinarian or animal control. Dave Larrow and his wife...  Go to full article
Canadian writer Mark Jodoin with "Floyd" his Old English Sheep Dog

Stephen Burritt: soldier, settler, spy

During the Revolutionary War, thousands of Americans fought their own friends and neighbors in support of British rule. They lost and were driven away, largely vanishing from...  Go to full article

Preview: The Scarlet Pimpernel in Watertown

The Watertown Lyric Theater spring production, The Scarlet Pimpernel, continues at the Dulles State Office Building tonight and tomorrow night. Director Taylor LaVere...  Go to full article