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Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports, it's especially so this year, with calls for greater public accountability and a lawsuit filed by native tribes.  Go to full article

Poll: Pataki Approval Rating At Its Lowest Ever

Governor Pataki is at his lowest point in popularity since taking office 10 years ago, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Open Leaders Meetings Proceed Slowly

In an attempt to break a 20 year cycle of late state budgets, Governor Pataki this year is experimenting with opening up to the public the closed door leaders meetings he traditionally holds to reach agreements with legislative leaders. The second meeting produced no concrete results, other than promises to keep talking. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget Debate Creates Power Struggle in Albany

A power struggle between Governor Pataki and the legislature has emerged since a court said the Governor has much greater control over state budget making than the...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway Head Not Worried About Proposed Waterway Tolls

The White House spending plan for next fiscal year calls for a new toll system on the U.S. side of the Seaway to raise 8 million dollars. The Great Lakes shipping industry...  Go to full article

Clinton Introduces Health Care Bill for Guard and Reserve

Senator Hillary Clinton and co-sponsor Senator Lindsay Graham (R-NC) introduced legislation yesterday that would allow Guard and Reserve members to buy into the military's...  Go to full article

Pataki Convenes Another Open Leaders' Meeting

Governor Pataki convened his second open leaders' meeting to try to break a 20 year streak of late state budgets. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor Defends Plan to Raise Tuition

SUNY Chancellor Bob King defended his plan to raise tuition gradually at public colleges each year. King was grilled by state lawmakers examining Governor Pataki's state...  Go to full article

McHugh: Bush Deserves a Chance to Make Case for Budget Cuts

The North Country's Republican Congressman, John McHugh, talks with Martha Foley about President Bush's proposed budget.  Go to full article

McHugh Worried About Troop Strength

President Bush's proposed budget continues what Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld calls the transformation of the Pentagon. It includes expansion of the Army and the...  Go to full article

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