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Missisquoi Bay has been hard hit by phosphorous pollution (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Missisquoi Bay has been hard hit by phosphorous pollution (Photos: Brian Mann)

Story 2.0: Are farms really the problem on Lake Champlain?

Lake Champlain is back in the news this week, as politicians from New York, Vermont, and Quebec signed a new compact aimed at cleaning up the lake. Phosphorous pollution has been a growing problem for decades, triggering noxious and potentially toxic algae blooms. A new film about the problem, called Bloom, airs tonight on Mountain Lake PBS.

Brian Mann first reported in-depth on this debate in 2007. In today's Story 2.0, we revisit Brian's trip to talk to the major players in the valley.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: Job hunting "worse than ever"

Millions of Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out are breathing a sigh of relief. The Senate is poised to pass legislation today restoring the benefits. The measure would then go to the House for a final vote. It is expected to pass then go on to President Barack Obama later this week.

A continuing fear of social services folks is what happens when unemployment benefits do run out. The jobless rate still hovers around 10%, and that doesn't include people who have stopped looking for a job out of frustration. Last December, the staff at One Stop Career Center in Canton predicted "a tsunami of job seekers" this year. It turns out they were right. In our ongoing series Story 2.0, we'll revisit the One Stop Career Center. But first, here's an excerpt from David Sommerstein's story from last winter.  Go to full article
Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.

Story 2.0: purple boxes part of losing battle to save ash trees

The purple boxes are up on ash trees again this summer. They're traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that has devastated ash stands in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. In this state, the insect's been confined to western New York. Today we revisit the fight against the emerald ash borer. David Sommerstien has more.  Go to full article
Sarah Minor, happy to have a cubicle she can call her own.

Story 2.0 - a journalism student finds a job after a long search

A Story 2.0 today, where we follow-up with people we've reported on in the past. Last year as a part of our Year of Hard Choices series, we met Sarah Minor, a...  Go to full article

STORY 2.0: After A year of Hard Choices, checking in on the region?s economy

North Country Public Radio kicked off its "Year of Hard Choices" look at the impact of the Great Recession last year with a conversation with economist Greg Gardener....  Go to full article
Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid

Story 2.0: Iraqi?s struggle to reach Winter Olympics leads through Lake Placid

Iraq has never sent an athlete to the Winter Olympics. Back in 2005, before the games in Torino, Italy, Brian Mann profiled skeleton sled racer Faisal Gazi Faisal, from...  Go to full article
Tom Slater inside the Food Bank of CNY's warehouse.

Story 2.0: In prolonged time of need, food bank still provides

As the unemployment rate in much of the North Country remains just under 10%, more families are struggling to put food on the table. Thousands of people live with food...  Go to full article

Story 2.0: heating oil prices less volatile

This morning, in our Story 2.0 series, we'll update the cost of home heating oil. In the North Country, the price per gallon is hovering around 2.50, a little lower than 2005...  Go to full article
Dead and dying bats in Vermont's Aeolus Cave (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Story 2.0: Lake George bat cave nearly depopulated by 'white nose syndrome'

State Conservation biologist Al Hicks says the old Graphite Mine in the town of Hague near Lake George has seen its population of Little Brown Bats nearly wiped out. Hicks...  Go to full article

Story 2.0: A family farm stays true to its mission

Today we give you another installment in our "Story 2.0" series, where we revisit a story from the NCPR news archives. This time, we check in with Ray and Stephanie Hill and...  Go to full article

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