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Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

The 8 O'Clock Hour, 12/11/12

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The federal government is easing its new rules for school lunches. It's been nearly ten years since New York's highest court ruled that the state needed to better fund schools, and an attorney who helped litigate that case says it may be time to head back to court on the issue. Almost ten years ago, a visiting speaker at St. Lawrence University, economist Michael Shuman, told an audience that farmers could jolt the North Country economy by producing a lot more meat.

The newly formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats who will run the New York State Senate in January made its first public appearance yesterday. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation appears to be nearing the end of its four-year hydrofracking review.

The New York State Thruway Authority board is scheduled to meet again next Monday. But there's still uncertainty whether they will finally act on a proposal to raise truck tolls.

Long time friends and musical collaborators, Barb Heller and Danny Gotham. have a new CD for the holidays. And Canton writer Chris Angus has written another historical thriller called London Underground.

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