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Title screen courtesy Mountain Lake PBS
Title screen courtesy Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS takes a local look at "After Newtown"

A special live edition of Mountain Lake Journal tonight (Thursday) will discuss how local schools are responding to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Mountain Lake PBS Anchor Thom Hallock will take viewer questions and comments. He'll also talk with a panel of educators, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals about reactions and security measures in North Country schools and communities in the weeks after the tragedy. Hallock spoke with Martha Foley during the 8 'clock Hour this morning.  Go to full article
Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the <em>Enterprise</em>, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <a href=""><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>

DOT worker: punished for praise?

A 30-year state Department of Transportation employee said he was forced to retire for speaking to a newspaper reporter without approval from his agency's communications office.

Mike Fayette, DOT's top official in Essex County, said he was threatened with termination for talking to The Adirondack Daily Enterprise for a story in which he praised the DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene. A version of the same story, also from reporter Chris Knight, ran on NCPR.

DOT officials are refusing to comment on Fayette's case. Some observers say it's just another sign of how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has worked to limit and control public information. Chris Knight is still following the story.  Go to full article
NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi speaks to reporters in Albany about the case. Photo: El-Wise Noisette via

Why a NYS teachers' union is suing the state

The state's largest teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the state's property tax cap, arguing it's unconstitutional.

New York State United Teachers President Dick Iannuzzi says the cap, passed by Cuomo and the legislature in 2011, arbitrarily limits property tax increase to two percent, regardless of whether a school district is rich or poor. The lawsuit also charges that the tax cap violates the principle of one person one vote, because a supermajority of 60 percent of voters is required to override the cap.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. The governor wants to streamline hunting, fishing and trapping licensing procedures, and reduce fees.Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo angles for changes in fishing, hunting, trapping licenses

Governor Andrew Cuomo is angling for some changes in New York's hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Cuomo says he bought his annual fishing license late last season, and...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>

Cuomo announces budget amendments

Governor Cuomo says he will make changes to his budget in 30-day amendments. These include imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of...  Go to full article
The treeless summit of Cascade. Archive Photo of the Day by Stuart Delman, Chestertown NY.

Natural Selections: The Treeline

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the timberline, the usually abrupt termination of forest growth above a certain altitude. While it results from a combination of...  Go to full article
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose.  Photo: Michael Whittaker

When Ogdensburg was a battleground, 200 years ago

The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated on the streets of the city this weekend. On February 22nd, 1813, hundreds of British-Canadian soldiers...  Go to full article