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Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: Governor Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: Governor Cuomo's office via Flickr

NYS lawmakers back to budget negotiations

State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy, and raise the minimum wage. They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but they're back today to try again.  Go to full article
NY State Sen. Betty Little. NCPR File Photo: Mark Kurtz

Little: Budget deal could target North Country prison

The budget deal now in its final stages in Albany is likely to include the elimination of at least two state prisons.

State Senator Betty Little says she worries that a third correctional facility in Franklin County could be targeted for closure.  Go to full article
Energy highway. Photo: <a href="">dtmi99</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Will Cuomo blueprint solve NY's energy puzzle?

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York's future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">freefotoUK</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

How will rural schools fare under new NYS budget?

State Senator Betty Little says she's keeping an eye on three big issues in the final hours of budget talks in Albany: Aid for cash-strapped rural schools, the minimum wage...  Go to full article
Lewis County is best known for rolling hills and farm fields, but residents are feeling good about its economy, too. Photo: <a href="">Doug Kerr</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved </a>

Lewis county residents bullish on economy

Earlier this year, Lewis County had the second highest unemployment rate in New York, behind the Bronx. But residents of Lewis County have a more positive economic outlook...  Go to full article
Parmelee Tolkan's <i>Caged Bird</i> is part of the new exhibit,  <i>The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present</i>, on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12.  Photo: LPCA

How old photos inspired new Adirondack art

More than two-dozen glass plate negatives from a century ago have been re-imagined by a group of Adirondack artists in a new exhibit at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. ...  Go to full article