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Kevin Ward Jr. died Saturday night in a NASCAR accident in Ontario County.  Photo:  Kevin Ward Jr. Facebook page.
Kevin Ward Jr. died Saturday night in a NASCAR accident in Ontario County. Photo: Kevin Ward Jr. Facebook page.

Investigators are reconstructing fatal crash, race tracks make safety changes

According to the Watertown Daily Times the Ontario County sheriff investigating the death of Kevin Ward Jr. says there are "no facts or evidence that would support allegations against any individual."

The paper also reports Sheriff Phillip Povero has acquired a second video of the accident last Saturday that involved Ward and veteran NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

Investigators are also working to reconstruct the scene of the crash at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in western New York.

Brian Mann has been following this story since the crash on Saturday and joins Martha Foley by phone.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/getting-around/Transit/PublishingImages/Need%20Work.JPG">Lethbridge Transit</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY kicks in to help job-seekers in Jefferson and Lewis counties

New York is kicking in up to $1.3 million to help the long-term unemployed find work in Jefferson and Lewis counties.

The grant is funded through the United States Department of Labor. It'll go to private sector businesses, not-for-profits, training providers and the local workforce investment board.  Go to full article
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Is this really a biz plan for the North Country?

Last month Centerstate CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group, released a plan for a region they call central New York. It stretches from the Finger Lakes to Massena and includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. It doesn't include the Adirondacks or the Champlain Valley.

The plan was prepared by the Brookings Institution and identifies ways in the region can compete on a global scale. But some critics argue that the plan doesn't represent the western half of what we call the North Country.  Go to full article
"49 inches in 38 hours leaves a 33 inch base (Redfield NY)...and it is snowing again." Carolyn Yeardon deep in the white stuff, shared with NCPR via Facebook

How do you cope with that much snow?

The Tug Hill Plateau has gotten big snow this week, and it's still coming.

Carol Yerdon lives up there, in Redfield. In her backyard, Yerdon measured 49...  Go to full article
Cars lunder lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Parts of upstate NY getting lake-effect snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) More than a foot of snow has fallen in towns south of Buffalo and more is expected as sections of upstate New York get a wintry blast from lake-effect...  Go to full article
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country economy: start-ups and data hub?

There are dozens of economic development agencies and strategies in the North Country. Now, there's another. CenterState CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group,...  Go to full article
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roys-stuff/4496716472/">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Sen. Schumer lobbies for drone test site

A coalition of defense contractors and universities is stepping up its lobbying efforts in hopes of becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Now, the group's...  Go to full article
Juan Carlos (left) lives in a converted farm office in the barn of this dairy farm. He and Freddy want to be able to go home and come back to work on dairy farms here. Photo: David Sommerstein

What undocumented dairy workers think of immigration reform

Dairy farmers - and their workers - have a lot at stake in the immigration debate underway in Washington.

A survey by Cornell University found that 2,600...  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge Wind Farm has brought millions of dollars to local governments in Lewis County and changed the landscape dramatically. Photo: David Sommerstein

Wind farm a windfall to Lewis County communities

Wind farms are a touchy subject in the North Country. As the town of Cape Vincent wrestles with a potential project, in neighboring Lewis County another wind farm has been...  Go to full article

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