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Chicago Transit Authority #6731, a Nova LFS bus. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zolk/4749440584/">Kevin Zolkiewicz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Chicago Transit Authority #6731, a Nova LFS bus. Photo: Kevin Zolkiewicz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Plattsburgh's Nova Bus plant wins $148m contract

Nova Bus in Plattsburgh has won another big contract to assemble 300 new vehicles for Chicago's Transit Authority. That's according to an announcement yesterday from Congressman Bill Owens.

The deal will bring the Canadian company roughly $148 million in new business.  Go to full article
Harbor at Picton, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebigdurian/5168287747/">Shreyans Bhansali</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New water levels plan controversial for Canada, NNY harbors

The water levels in Lake Ontario have a significant impact on the economic and environmental viability of harbors in upstate New York and Canada. As a result, a proposed plan to change the management of those water levels has raised some concerns in waterfront communities.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adk town tries "white space" approach to broadband

New York state and private companies investing tens of millions of dollars in the North Country in an effort to bring broadband internet connections to some of the region's most remote, rural areas.

In March, the state announced that $200,000 will go to the town of Thurman in Warren County to help develop a kind of far-reaching wi-fi connection known as "white space."

Evelyn Wood, town supervisor in Thurman, and David Salway, head of New York's Broadband Program Office, appeared yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom to talk about the project.

They spoke with host Curtis Schick.  Go to full article
Some New York leaders want to begin voting two weeks before election day.  Photo: Julie Grant

New York considers early voting system

The state's Attorney General and Assembly Speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930

Ogdensburg leaders speak out for psych center

The state Office of Mental Health (OMH) plans a public forum this month at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. The office is considering downsizing, and even...  Go to full article
Broadway star Lisa Vroman leads singers from Jefferson and Lewis counties in a vocal workshop last month in Lowville.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Lisa Vroman: returning to her roots, sharing some musical inspiration

World-renowned soprano Lisa Vroman took a break from concerts and musical tours to return to her native North Country this spring.

Vroman, who grew up in Adams,...  Go to full article