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The politics and legality of reinstating NY death penalty

The state's top court suspended New York's death penalty in 2004. After this week's police shootings, Senate Republicans are calling for Governor Spitzer's support on new legislation that would allow capital punishment for convicted cop killers. As Jonathan Brown reports, a new law would have to satisfy a series of legal requirements.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Raising the flag

This Heard Up North starts with a sound; it's the rope that raises and lowers the American flag outside the building that houses our studios in Canton. Kevin Laurence handles maintenance and on this day the flag went back to full staff after it was lowered the week before for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. When the flag is at half-staff, it's right outside the little window in our on-air studio. It's another reminder (in addition to the news and people talking about the event) that there is a grief felt by just about everyone. Jonathan Brown wondered how it felt to lower the flag, knowing that just pulling on a section of rope signals that grief.  Go to full article
Sirex woodwasps

Invasives spread across North Country; threaten Adirondack Park

The Sirex wood wasp has now spread across most of New York and virtually all the North Country. By burrowing and laying eggs in pine and scotch trees, the invasive insect kills them by introducing a fungus into their sap. As Jonathan Brown reports, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are considering hauling restrictions, and possibly quarantines, to keep the wasps from spreading further.  Go to full article

Reform Day in Albany yields no reform

Governor Spitzer put pressure on the legislature to pass a campaign finance reform bill, on the day known as Reform Day at the Capitol. But the governor met resistance and as...  Go to full article

Spitzer promises legislation on same-sex marriage

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage before the end of the legislative session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Logging debate in Albany ripples through North Country

As we reported last week, New York's comptroller wants more timber harvesting in state forests. Thomas DiNapoli's office conducted an audit of timber sales that found the...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh public television toppled in Plattsburgh

One of the North Country's largest public television stations will be off the air for at least a week following the collapse of a 400-foot tower on Lyon Mountain. Martha...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Dairy Subsidies

This year's state budget includes $30 million of assistance for New York's dairy farmers. Farmers have to apply for the money by next Friday. Milk prices have been low, while...  Go to full article
Adult sea lamprey (Source:  NYS DEC)

In Lake Champlain sea lamprey battle, the parasite is winning

Fishermen, environmentalists and government scientists met yesterday in Burlington to talk about the future of Lake Champlain. The lake faces huge environmental problems --...  Go to full article
Emerald ash borer

Keeping out some nasty, wood-eating invaders

State environmental officials are warning people about bringing firewood srom down-state to camps and campgrounds in the North Country. As Jonathan Brown reports, the concern...  Go to full article

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