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All Before Five: 02/02/12

An arrest in a 2010 disappearance in St. Lawrence County--Justin Trimm has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Jason Wing. A Pennsylvania groundhog has told us we'll have more winter--but it doesn't seem the North Country's going to be seeing much more wintry weather. Local leaders weigh in on the DNA database expansion bill that just passed the Senate. Heard Up North: splitting wood. And Governor Cuomo tells county leaders he'll meet them halfway on mandate relief.  Go to full article

Cuomo tells counties he'll meet them halfway on mandates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the "Battle of Albany'' is on.

And in the first skirmish of what's expected to be a long fight, Cuomo is putting the pressure on teachers and their unions.

Speaking yesterday, he said that if negotiations between the unions, the state Education Department and school districts on tougher evaluations for teachers and principals fail, he'll impose his own Feb. 16. Under law, a governor may try to enact policies in budget bills.

The governor spoke at the annual meeting of the state Association of Counties, trying to drum up support for his proposed budget.

The county leaders were pressing for relief from state-mandated costs. Cuomo said he would meet them half way in providing mandate relief by helping to defray health care and future pension costs.

But, as Karen DeWitt reports, he told the county officials it's up to them to do the rest.  Go to full article
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas

Douglas: county stretched thinner than ever

Mandate relief--especially on Medicaid costs--was at the forefront of many county leaders' minds at the annual meeting this week of the New York State Association of Counties.

In his budget address January 17th, Governor Cuomo laid out a plan for the state to take over increases in Medicaid costs over the next few years--but some county leaders say that's not enough.  Go to full article

Climate action plan still on the table in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County legislators are scheduled to take another look at a Climate Action Plan next week. When legislators asked the County Planning Department to write the...  Go to full article
NY's DNA databank is part of the national CODIS system

DNA database expansion draws local support

The state Senate has emphatically passed legislation that would expand New York's criminal DNA database. The bill would require people convicted of all crimes, including...  Go to full article

Governor says three primary dates "less than ideal"

Governor Cuomo says the possibility of three primary elections in New York this year is not in anyone's best interest.

A federal judge has already ruled that...  Go to full article

Business view of Albany brightens

A new survey of upstate business leaders produced nearly identical results as last year's. But as the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, one finding saw a major change:...  Go to full article
Everett Smith at work.

Heard Up North: splitting wood

There were clear skies, cool temperatures...and a woodpile. A perfect combination for our Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Indian Pipe is a symbiote

Natural Selections: Symbiosis

Symbiotes are species that must collaborate with another to survive. But some partners are more equal than others. Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about how organisms can...  Go to full article
Just a portion of the massive <i>The Last Painting</i> at SUNY Potsdam's Gibson Gallery.

Art from outside the comfort zone

SUNY Potsdam is hosting an indoor/outdoor art exhibit this month that combines elements of winter, nature and video projections. Matt Burnett, who lives in the Adirondacks,...  Go to full article