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Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward

Why there's less press access under Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is keeping a firm grip over communication between state agencies and journalists, an Albany newspaper is reporting. The Times Union says that when reporters contact the state's various agencies and experts, the central office must approve the communication before they can respond.

Cuomo's media policies came under scrutiny when a Department of Transportation engineer from Essex County was recently forced to retire. Mike Fayette spoke with a reporter from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, without first getting approval.  Go to full article
Former baseball player Jose Canseco, who has admitted to using steroids, speaks out against supplements. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers seek ban of DMAA fitness supplement

A push to ban the fitness supplement DMAA brought a sports hero to the capitol along with parents who say they lost their son to the substance.

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein is pressing to ban the performance enhancing supplement DMAA, also known as Jack 3 D in New York, saying it causes dangerous conditions like rapid heart beat, a spike in blood pressure, and in some cases, death from stroke or heart attack.  Go to full article
Fracking wastewater after treatment at temporary, privately owned facility in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG

How would New York deal with hydrofracking wastewater?

About four million gallons of water goes into a typical Marcellus Shale well during the fracking process. As much as 20 percent of what went in comes back out right away. That's what's known as flowback water.

Over the life of a producing well, more than a million gallons comes out, and after the initial flowback the rest is known as produced water.  Go to full article
A chessboard from the Gabriels Sanatorium.  Photo: Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Attic: 1920s chess champs at Gabriels Sanatorium

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and...  Go to full article
A wild turkey shows its inner pterodactyl. Archive Photo of the Day: Edward Murphy, Vermontville NY.

Story Traveler: The Regular Life of Wild Things

For a long-time, wild turkeys were everywhere on "Turtle Island," then for a long time, they were nearly extinct. They're back again in the Hudson Valley where storyteller...  Go to full article