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The 8 O'Clock Hour, 12/07/12

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The New York Civil Liberties union filed a federal lawsuit yesterday, challenging the use of isolation cells in New York state prisons. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the other side of the fiscal cliff will be particularly bad for New York's middle and lower income families.

Senator Jeff Klein says he knows the new Senate coalition will have to prove itself in the coming months, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate. BP Energy was in Cape Vincent last night to give a presentation on New York State's Article X process for siting power generation projects.

Solar and wind power get a lot of the attention as promising alternative power sources, but energy extracted from plants, known as biofuels, is also the subject of ongoing research. North Country farmers working with Cornell Cooperative Extension have been raising switchgrass for years.

NCPR recorded the Laurentian Singers live during the 8am hour at St. Lawrence University. And weekend conditions in the Adirondacks.

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