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Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC

NY sues EPA over wood boiler regulations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it was necessary to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to try to get better national rules governing wood boiler furnaces.

Schneiderman spoke yesterday on the program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

School starts, Common Core continues

North Country schools are back in session this week. And districts across the state are continuing to implement Common Core, New York's state's new and challenging curriculum.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: Bobamnertiopsis, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adk town tries "white space" approach to broadband

New York state and private companies investing tens of millions of dollars in the North Country in an effort to bring broadband internet connections to some of the region's most remote, rural areas.

In March, the state announced that $200,000 will go to the town of Thurman in Warren County to help develop a kind of far-reaching wi-fi connection known as "white space."

Evelyn Wood, town supervisor in Thurman, and David Salway, head of New York's Broadband Program Office, appeared yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom to talk about the project.

They spoke with host Curtis Schick.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. He'll be in Indian Lake paddling on July 21 for the Adirondack Challenge. Photo: Brian Mann
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. He'll be in Indian Lake paddling on July 21 for the Adirondack Challenge. Photo: Brian Mann

On 'Adirondack Day' Governor calls for new tourism push

Yesterday was Adirondack Day in the state capitol with groups from across the Park offering food, crafts and information about the North Country to people in Albany.

State Senator Betty Little described the event as a way to raise awareness about the Adirondacks, especially among lawmakers and legislative aides from downstate who've never made the journey up the Northway.  Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye nursing home. NCPR file photo
Residents at Horace Nye nursing home. NCPR file photo

Where will we live when we're old?

An advocacy group for senior citizens says there's not enough quality housing for elderly New Yorkers that will allow them to remain in their homes.

A new study by Leading Age New York found that many communities lack the kind of infrastructure that will allow the growing population of seniors to maintain a high quality of life without over-burdening taxpayers.

The group's executive director, Jim Klein, spoke with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio magazine Capitol Pressroom.  Go to full article
A house in the hard-hit community of New Dorp Beach on Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/">Kate Gardiner</a>, CC <a href="creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A house in the hard-hit community of New Dorp Beach on Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2012. Photo: Kate Gardiner, CC some rights reserved

Will Sandy spark a green response in communities?

Environmental groups are hoping that the massive damage and economic strain caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York City and New Jersey will spark a new discussion about climate change.

But some activists here in New York state are also pushing for a fresh conversation about the value of land preservation and green space -- the kind of resources that could insulate communities against rising rivers and oceans.

Stuart Gruskin is chief conservation officer for the Nature Conservancy in New York, a group heavily involved in land deals in the North Country and across New York state.

He told Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom, that he thinks communities will learn that there's a lot they can do locally to prepare for the impacts of climate change.  Go to full article
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route. Image: TDI
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route. Image: TDI

Big power line from Quebec to NYC draws fire

Opposition appears to be growing to a big new power line that would funnel electricity from hydro dams in Quebec to consumers in New York City. The $2 billion Champlain-Hudson Power Express would bury the cable under Lake Champlain and Hudson River.

The Toronto-based company developing the project hopes to have it online by 2016. But a growing number of critics say Canadian power would edge out producers in upstate New York and cost jobs on this side of the border.  Go to full article

Farmers lobby in Albany for ag-friendly spending, policies

Farmers from across the state were in Albany Tuesday for Farm Bureau Lobby day.

Tuesday and at their traditional "taste of New York" reception Monday night, farmers urged state legislators to push for farm-friendly policies and spending in the new state budget.

On the public radio program Capitol Pressroom, Farm Bureau president Dean Norton spoke with Susan Arbetter about how New York farmers are doing--and what they need now, from the legislature:  Go to full article

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