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Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. [credit: BRI's Adk Center for Loon Conservation]
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. [credit: BRI's Adk Center for Loon Conservation]

The 8 O'Clock Hour, 12/17/12

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New York Gov. Cuomo is pledging to work for gun control in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, calling it "yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns." Health care in the North Country has begun to incorporate information technology to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration.

The Adirondacks' beloved icon - the common loon - has enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years, outliving DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport, but a recent study says things could have been even better had the loon not faced mercury pollution.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is joining with leaders of New York's congressional delegation to urge Congress to finally act on a federal aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy. And Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about everyone's favorite seasonal plants.

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