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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park. “DEC is continuing...
Over the weekend, people gathered from New York and Vermont to celebrate the completion of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, from Crown Point to Addison. The hero of the day was bridge designer and world-renowned architect Ted Zoli, who was born in...
Yikes.  The big Laurentian Aerospace project, widely seen as the Next Big Thing for Northeastern New York, has been snagged for years as it seeks to lock down private financing.  (New York state has already offered up a generous incentive...
The Burlington Free Press notes that a year ago today the waters of Lake Champlain rose above flood stage, launching a battle for survival that gripped the valley for months.  (The lake didn’t drop below flood stage again until June...
Back in January, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on the feral pig problem in the North Country. The story garnered a lot of comments, probably because of its juicy headline–”Feral Hogs Invade Champlain Valley,...


Special Reports

Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History
Wreck diving off Burlington, the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
Fort Ticonderoga's Grand Encampment
Fort Ticonderoga, a bottleneck of history—a visit to the annual "grand encampment" where stories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution come to life amid the sounds of fifes, drums and cannon fire.

Sunshine for public policy discussions in Albany

Governor Spitzer and legislative leaders held their first open leaders meeting since the state budget, where Spitzer pledged to try to work out remaining session issues in public, and not behind closed doors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Hospital closures get a review by lawmakers

Legislative leaders say they want to revisit the Berger Commission report that recommended that many hospitals around the state be closed or merged. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Gov wants to expel junk food

Governor Eliot Spitzer released his healthy schools bill to curb the sale of soda pop and junk food in the state's schools, and encourage a healthier lifestyle.  Go to full article
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Heard Up North: Making the car cook

On this Heard Up North: A familiar voice tells us about car cooking. It's a way of making hot meals on your engine while you drive. NCPR's own Barb Heller tried it on a...  Go to full article

Lawmakers pass AG's student-loan bill

The state legislature has approved a bill proposed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to stop cheating in the student loan industry. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany  Go to full article

Investigation of Comptroller's office expands

The probe of possible illegal activities at the State Comptroller's office is widening, as the newly appointed State Comptroller, and State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo,...  Go to full article

Doubling tax rebates for senior citizens

Senate Republicans are looking to double property tax breaks for New York' senior citizens, saying they were shortchanged in this year's state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Standoff brewing in Albany over Spitzer's choice to head the APA

State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, says she'll work to block confirmation hearings for the man Governor Spitzer wants to head the Adirondack Park...  Go to full article

Reform in Albany no match for partisan politics

There's been some bitter rhetoric this week at the State Capitol, between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Republicans in the State Senate, over campaign finance practices. Karen...  Go to full article

Sexually violent predators must go home - if they're released

Earlier this year, Governor Spitzer won support among legislators for civil confinement: holding sexually violent predators after they've completed their prison sentences....  Go to full article

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