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All Before Five: 04/25/12

Campaign finance reform has been one of Governor Cuomo's major goals--and now the democratic state assembly is proposing a public financing bill. Ten North Country businesses and organizations have been selected to receive low-cost power under the state's "ReCharge New York" program. Assemblywoman Addie Russell of Theresa says this will create or retain more than 8,000 jobs in the area. And the North Country may be losing young people--but one demographer says it's not unique to us, and it may not be irreversible if our communities work together to combat it.  Go to full article
Kids in the Indian Lake Central School in Hamilton County (Photo:  George DeChant)

Vanishing Youth: Can the North Country resist a national tide?

This week, we've begun on on-going series called Vanishing Youth, looking at the aging of North Country counties, and the loss of young people and families who are choosing to move outside the region.

Many communities in this part of New York state are already far older than the state average. Researchers say our counties will grow even grayer in the decades ahead, with broad implications for the economy and the cultural life of the North Country.

This issue can be emotional, and it is often tangled up in local political issues. But the trend is evident across most of rural America. Brian Mann spoke with Ken Johnson, senior Demographer at the Carsey Institute, a rural policy institute in New Hampshire.

Johnson says small towns across the US are grappling with, and trying to survive, some painful trends.  Go to full article
Just as we have a one-day election for president, it would make sense to have a one-day primary across the country...

Primary structure challenges voters, budgets

Mitt Romney captured New York and four other states in yesterday's Republican primary, but poll watches say voting was extremely light in many areas. That's due in part to the fact that the race has already largely been decided, with Romney holding a commanding lead.

But New York officials and the courts also scheduled three different primaries, with separate dates later in the year for Congressional races and contests for state legislature. Local officials say that made it tougher for voters, and local budgets.  Go to full article

For first time, NY State Assembly introduces public campaign financing

The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit voluntary public financing of some election campaigns. As Karen DeWitt reports, the bill is the first ever of its kind in...  Go to full article
Computers ready for recycling in Olympia, WA. Photo: Bluedisk at en.wikipedia

E-waste recycling: from bytes to bits and pieces

When the town of Canton opened a drop-off site this week for old electronics, it was not only giving St. Lawrence County residents a convenient way to dispose of unwanted...  Go to full article
Mail processing centers in rural communities, like this one in Plattsburgh, are threatened with closure.

Senate bill would save some rural post offices

The Senate is moving ahead on a bill to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service, and is trying to stop the closure of rural post offices around the country.

Last...  Go to full article

An Evening of Performance Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.

Last week the Adirondack Center for Writing brought three poets from New York City and Chicago to the Saranac Lake Campus of North...  Go to full article
Amy Ivy (left) talks with Martha Foley. Joel Hurd fields callers in the control room.

Gardening Call-in with horticulturist Amy Ivy

Co-operative Extension horticulturist Amy and Ivy and Martha Foley share tips, trials and suggestions for the gardening season with callers from around the region.  Go to full article