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Bill Branson is president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/39017545@N02/">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Bill Branson is president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Man at the heart of the Great Adirondack Railroad Debate

A group that wants to tear up an old railroad track in the Adirondack Park and replace it with a multi-use trail says it has gathered more than 10,000 signatures supporting the idea.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, known as ARTA, formed last year, reviving the debate over what should be done with the historic rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid.  Go to full article
The new Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

New peer-to-peer center reaches out to veterans

A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown at 247 State Street. The center hopes to be a gateway for vets in the area, where volunteer veterans will help their peers get the services they need.  Go to full article
Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos.

Senate GOP leader dampens progressive expectations

Senate Republicans dampened expectations that the new governing coalition in the Senate would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns.

Senator Dean Skelos met privately with his Republican members to discuss the new governing coalition with the five member Independent Democratic Conference.

IDC Leader Senator Jeff Klein has said he intends next session to press for some key traditionally Democratic issues, including raising the minimum wage and public financing of campaigns.

But Senate GOP Leader Skelos expressed some reservations.  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan...  Go to full article

Books: Waterfalls of New York State

New York is home to the most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls, but the state also boasts more than 2,000 other waterfalls. Todd Moe talks with David Schryver,...  Go to full article