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Environmental Protection Fund Could Affect Domtar Deal

There's still no final word on a $150 million environmental protection fund. The legislature had stripped the line out of its budget as it pushed to meet the April first deadline. Environmental groups worry that a lack of money could affect a 104,000-acre conservation deal in the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Hour 1: Special Call-in with NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin

Jeffrey Dvorkin, National Public Radio Ombudsman, takes questions from NCPR listeners on issues of media accountability, the independence of NPR News, quality of service, editorial guidelines, business practices and more in a wide-ranging community discussion of public broadcasting standards. Dvorkin will speak at 7:30 pm tonight in the Student Center at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY.  Go to full article

Aubertine to Host Town Meeting on Power Issues in April

The public will get a chance to weigh in on how to use low-cost power generated at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine will hold a town meeting at Massena High School on April 7th.  Go to full article

Senate Rejects Bush's Medicaid Cuts

The Senate voted 52-48 yesterday to reject President Bush's proposed 15 billion dollar federal Medicaid cuts. They supported a bill sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton to form a bipartisan commission of experts to explore broader health care reform.  Go to full article

Rural Kids, Homeless in the Big City

Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an education or adventure. But many of these kids wind up victims -- addicted to drugs, hooked into prostitution. Brian Mann spent a night on the streets of Montreal and has our story.  Go to full article

Conference Committee Considers State Budget

The state Assembly and Senate will convene a joint conference committee this morning to work on the state budget. The Republican-led Senate began passing budget bills yesterday. The Senate measures lacked the agreement of the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, but the move was considered necessary to get the two chambers working through a conference committee to resolve differences. Republican state senator Betty Little, of Queensbury, says the Senate is moving forward on what she calls a "good budget".  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.

Homelessness: Surviving the School Shuffle

North Country Public Radio reported on issues of rural homelessness in our special series, Close to Homeless, last May. We're returning to this stories this week. Today -- how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend. Each time the family moves, the children have to get used to new surroundings, new people, and new routines. And in many cases, they have to go to a new school. Preliminary studies show up to a third of the students in many districts don't end the academic year in the same school they started. David Sommerstein has our story.  Go to full article
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.

Kosher Boom Helps Cheese Plant Add Jobs

The growing popularity of kosher foods - among Jews and non-Jews - is helping a North Country cheese plant add jobs. Kosher cheesemaker Primo Foods opened last winter in its Ogdensburg factory with 45 employees. Manager Debbie Mullaly told the Ogdensburg Journal the plant is now up 75 workers, with plans to have 230 people on the payroll by the end of 2006.

The word 'kosher' refers to ways to produce, prepare, and eat food according to Jewish law. The plant itself also had to be kosherized before it opened. A delegation of rabbis came to Ogdensburg in November 2003 to accomplish the task. It includes an ambitious regimen of steaming, scouring, and blowtorching. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ft Drum Support Group Gets Federal Grant

The community group in Watertown that spreads good news about Fort Drum will get $500,000 to help keep the army base open. The state grant will allow the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization to advocate for the base as the Pentagon enters a new round of base closures this year, known as BRAC. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.

Chestertown's Downhill Derby: The Bottom or Bust

Almost every community in the North Country has one this time of year - a favorite sledding hill. It might be in someone's backyard or at a nearby recreation center. A place where kids and non-motorized sleds rule. Tomorrow morning, dozens will climb Dynamite Hill in Chestertown for the Krazy Downhill Derby and Broomball Tournament. The sleds, and their drivers, come in all shapes and ages. At last year's event, Joyce Houck, with the North Warren Chamber of Commerce, told Todd Moe that the rules are simple: build a sled and get it to the bottom of the hill, even if it has to be carried.  Go to full article

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