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In New York state, the number of youth confined in public facilities decreased from 2,517 in 2001 to 1,005 in 2010, a 60 percent decline. Photo: Richard Ross, Juvenile-in-Justice Project
In New York state, the number of youth confined in public facilities decreased from 2,517 in 2001 to 1,005 in 2010, a 60 percent decline. Photo: Richard Ross, Juvenile-in-Justice Project

Study finds fewer NY, US children behind bars

A new study released this week finds that the US is putting fewer children behind bars. New York state has seen one of the sharpest drops.

In 2000 there were more than 2,800 kids being held in detention centers across New York. That number has dropped by nearly two-thirds -- and 13 youth detention centers have closed statewide.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made closing those facilities one of his priorities: "You have juvenile justice facilities today where we have young people who are receiving help, assistance, program treatment that has already been proven to be ineffective."  Go to full article
Photo: NYS Senate

Cuomo wins some, loses some at end of session

Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.  Go to full article
Senator Little won approval for a series of measures, but still wants a deal that would keep Lake Placid's hospital open part-time. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Little still fighting for part-time ER in Lake Placid

With just over 24 hours to go before the session closes in Albany, state Senator Betty Little from Queensbury has pushed through a series of bills affecting the Adirondack North Country.

Yesterday, the Assembly approved two land swaps in the Park -- measures that will still need voter approval when they appear on the ballot this November.

Lawmakers also supported a measure banning the importation of Eurasian swine -- the kind of pig that can go feral if released into the wild.

Little told Brian Mann she still hopes to win approval of a bill that would allow Lake Placid's hospital emergency room to remain open part time.  Go to full article
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo: BRI's Adk Center for Loon Conservation

Adirondack loon sentinels lack funding this summer

For 15 years, researchers have been keeping an eye on loons in the Adirondacks to make sure their nests stay safe. But a funding shortfall means much of that monitoring may...  Go to full article
Manufacturing adds a lot of carbon to the atmosphere. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/akeg/376488289/">Eric Schmuttenmaer</a>, Creative Coimmons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Carbon

Last week we learned how nitrogen affects us. This week, Martha Foley talks with Dr. Curt Stager about how carbon cycles through the atmosphere and the bodies of all living...  Go to full article

Adk Theatre Festival kicks off 19th season

The Adirondack Theatre Festival's 19th season opens next week in Glens Falls, and includes the world premiere of Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, by John...  Go to full article