Mar 31, 2014 — Over the last sixteen months, North Country Public Radio has broadcast a series of stories, reports and interviews looking at America's era of mass incarceration.
The 40-year drug war sent millions of Americans to prison. And it transformed the North Country as more than a dozen state and federal prisons were built in our back yards.
This week, we're wrapping up the first part of the series by looking at two communities transformed by the drug war: Chateaugay in northern Franklin County, which is currently fighting to save a local prison, and Brownsville, in New York City, a community that has seen a generation of men sent away to prison.
We'll start this special week with the two journalists who've done the work for the series, Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty. They have logged hundreds of miles and many hundreds of hours researching, reporting and producing our stories. Go to full article
Mar 31, 2014 — A budget deal worked out over the weekend appears to lock in plans to mothball two North Country prisons, including facilities in Chateuagay in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County.
According to a report in the Auburn Citizen newspaper, a total of four prisons statewide will be closed in July.
Prison guards and local officials from the North Country rallied earlier this month in Albany, demanding that Governor Cuomo keep at least some of the correctional facilities open. Go to full article
Mar 31, 2014 — This is the best time of the season to prune your apple and other fruit trees. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has the best tips and how-to information to help insure good production. Go to full article
Mar 31, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Good-government advocates are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders for a budget agreement to test public campaign financing with... Go to full article
Mar 31, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Conservation groups are glad to see the state's Environmental Protection Fund increased under the $140 billion budget agreement reached by Gov. Andrew Cuomo... Go to full article