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The New York Civil Liberties Union says isolation cells like this one are used far too often. Photo source: NYCLU
The New York Civil Liberties Union says isolation cells like this one are used far too often. Photo source: NYCLU

Lawsuit targets solitary confinement at Malone prison

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, challenging the use of isolation cells in New York state prisons.

The suit follows a report NYCLU issued in October that claimed state officials were placing far too many inmates in solitary confinement.

The suit could have big ramifications for corrections facilities here in the North Country.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

NY Comptroller: fiscal cliff worst for low and middle incomes

The budget showdown, with its possibility of the nation heading over a "fiscal cliff", has gotten lots of attention in recent weeks. If Congress doesn't make a budget deal by year's end, it will trigger an end to many tax breaks, and automatically cut spending on federal programs.

In his blog this week, Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham calls all the concern "media hype." He says it doesn't matter if tax rates revert to the levels they were before President George W. Bush took office.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli disagrees. He says the other side of the fiscal cliff will be particularly bad for New York's middle and lower income families.  Go to full article
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards

BP hears more push back on Cape Vincent wind farm

BP Energy was in Cape Vincent last week to give a presentation on New York State's Article X process for siting power generation projects.

It was another contentious encounter between local anti-wind power activists and BP representatives over the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm.  Go to full article
Cornell researcher Brian Richards stands in a switch grass field that's part of NEWBio project. Photo: Matt Richmond

Maximizing "marginal" land for biofuel

Solar and wind power get a lot of the attention as promising alternative power sources. But energy extracted from plants, known as biofuels, is also the subject of ongoing...  Go to full article
Switchgrass. Photo: <a href="">eXtension Farm Energy</a>, CC  <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Emissions a problem in using grass as fuel

North Country farmers working with Cornell Cooperative Extension have been raising switchgrass for years. This region is a good one for growing grass. And there's lots of...  Go to full article
Sen. Jeffrey Klein. Photo:

Klein says new coalition could be more effective than Dems alone

The new co-leader of the Senate, Sen. Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months...  Go to full article
Barry Torres conducting The Laurentian Singers. Photo: Joel Hurd

The Laurentian Singers: Bach and Baroque for the Season

A student choral group, The Laurentian Singers, directed by Barry Torres, joined us on the Eight O'Clock Hour, live from Peterson/Kermani Hall on the Canton campus...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article