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Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Drones train above North Country Adirondacks

There's been a lot of news lately about the Obama Administration's use of drones, or unmanned military aircraft, to kill alleged terrorists. Critics have said the attacks violate international law and have also killed many civilians. Drones will likely be a major topic in confirmation hearings for John Brennan to be the next head of the CIA.

The drones that fly over Afghanistan are often piloted by people sitting in suburban Syracuse, NY. Those pilots train by flying high over the North Country and the Adirondacks.

They may watch bridges or buildings, even follow cars, without anyone knowing they're being watched. And for some, there's a very fuzzy line between military preparation and a creepy eye in the sky.  Go to full article
Gregory McNeal

Writing the rules for domestic drone use

Drones are smaller, cheaper, and easier to use than ever, and their cameras are more powerful than ever.

In the near future, drones may be used to find criminals, track wildlife, or find a lost hiker in a remote canyon. They could also be used to look in places where we're not used to prying eyes.

Law professor Gregory McNeal studies the legalities of drone use at Pepperdine University in California. McNeal believes local government, not the courts, should lead the way in writing the rules in the drone era.

He says our notions of privacy may differ from what the law says. McNeal told David Sommerstein the Supreme Court has upheld the right of law enforcement to look for wrongdoing from a helicopter or plane.  Go to full article

Complete Audio: Gov. Andew Cuomo's 2013 Budget Address

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual budget address at 2 pm Tuesday in Albany, outlining his $132-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year. Complete audio of the address is provided courtesy of NY Now.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo budget address today

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo releases his state budget this afternoon. The governor is expected to explain how's he's going to pay for programs announced earlier in January in...  Go to full article
Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Fort Drum Public Affairs

Wounded Fort Drum servicemember at inauguration: "Wow"

More than half a million people gathered on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol to be a part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Among them were about...  Go to full article

Vermont legislators look forward to new session

The Vermont legislature's 2013 session is getting underway. The legislature will likely address some hot-button issues, possibly including some the state has considered for...  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

A new life for Whallonsburg's old Grange

Next week, a new season of lectures, music and theater begins at the historic grange hall in Whallonsburg, near Essex in the Champlain Valley. The century-old building,...  Go to full article