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Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Congressman hopes for drone test site

Congressman Richard Hanna is optimistic upstate New York will be able to secure a drone testing site under a soon-to-be-launched federal program.  Go to full article

High tech advocates plan "march" for immigration reform

The technology industry is using social media to create a "virtual march" on Washington. The March for Innovation, launched by the Partnership for a New Economy, is lobbying for immigration reform, putting pressure on Congress to provide more visas for high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
But the strategy has its skeptics.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announcing their tentative budget agreement on March 20, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>

NYS lawmakers on track to finish budget this week

State leaders are on track to finish the budget on time, even before the March 31 deadline.

Lawmakers finally agreed to and printed all of the remaining pieces of legislation late Sunday, four days after they had announced that they'd reached a deal.

They plan their final votes later in the week.  Go to full article
Alexandria Bay in Jefferson County is one of the communities that will receive funding for local road repairs in the 2013-14 budget. Photo: <a href="">Xaiozhuli</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Highway, farm funds coming in NYS budget

The region's representatives are getting a close look at the details of the budget to be finalized in Albany this week.

Word is out on money for local roads and...  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

What will NYS do with Finch, Pruyn Adirondack lands?

The state is close to completing the purchase of two more parcels of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands that will be added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">barjack</a> CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Police chiefs defend year-old illegal gun tip line

Let's look back now at a story reported late last week. New York state Assembly member Steve McLaughlin of the Capital Region issued a press release taking issue with a state...  Go to full article
Kristen Rohne, an educator with the Lake George Association, sieves for Asian clams during a lakewide survey completed in September 2012. Photo: Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association

Washington, Essex counties consider regional invasive controls

Washington and Essex counties are considering joining Warren County in banning the transport of invasive species by boats trailered from one body of water to another....  Go to full article

Cabin Fever Reading Call-in

What books are helping you stay sane until the sun returns? Callers, visitors and NCPR staff share their picks with Readers & Writers co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris...  Go to full article
Becky Harblin at work in her home studio in West Potsdam.  Photo: Todd Moe

A passion for pastels

After years as a poet, sculptor, weaver and painter, West Potsdam artist Becky Harblin says she only recently discovered what may well be her real passion for art: pastels. ...  Go to full article