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Cuomo offers McDonald endorsement

Governor Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same-sex marriage.

In a letter released by his staff, Cuomo tells state Sen. McDonald that it's "evident" McDonald "paid a price" for his convictions when the senator agreed to be one of four Republican votes needed to pass New York's same-sex marriage bill. The governor laments what he says is the "disproportionate power of the political extremists," and writes to McDonald "you should not be left to stand alone now."  Go to full article

DiNapoli offers "early warning" for troubled local govs

The New York State Comptroller says he'll institute an early warning system for the many municipalities throughout the state that are in financial trouble, to try to help turn them around before things get even worse.  Go to full article

Veteran journalist urges new take on climate change

The recession and the presidential election has pushed the issue of climate change far from the headlines. But scientists agree this summer's drought and record sea ice melting in the arctic should sound alarms more than ever.

ABC News' climate change reporter argues journalism needs to find a new way to cover the story. Bill Blakemore has reported on national TV for more than 40 years and for 8 years on climate change. Blakemore is speaking tonight at 7:30 pm at St. Lawrence University as a part of its Climate Change conference.

Blakemore says climate change is a bigger, longer-running story than any newsroom has ever had to tackle, and the first step is moving past appearances of "balance" on whether climate change is real.

Blakemore told David Sommerstein climate scientists have agreed on the five basic facts of global warming.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute scientist Andrea Cooper stands with Prof. Xinchun Chen outside the research wing of the Third People's Hospital in Shenzhen, China. Photo via Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Trudeau partners with Chinese hospital on TB research

Tuberculosis researchers at Saranac Lake's Trudeau Institute are working with scientists at a research hospital in China to see how their laboratory studies could directly...  Go to full article
The student center at St. Lawrence University.

Heard Up North: Looking for the heart of Saturday night

The student center at St. Lawrence University has a vaulted wooden ceiling and a wide column of open space down the middle, giving it the feel of an Adirondack concert hall....  Go to full article
The sun breaks water in the atmosphere down into hydrogen and oxygen. Image: US DOE

Natural Selections: Did a dinosaur drink my water?

In an earlier conversation on the natural world, Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talked about the longevity of atoms, and how atoms within our body may have once been in the...  Go to full article
Three of the goats at Cross Island Farms. Photo: Cross Island Farms

Local farmers open their gardens, barns for tours

It's harvest season, and nearly two dozen farmers and farm businesses in Jefferson County are opening their doors to the public this weekend. Livestock, vegetable farms,...  Go to full article