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Church and Community Program Director Catherine Matthews is pleased to have mayo to distribute. Photo: Julie Grant
Church and Community Program Director Catherine Matthews is pleased to have mayo to distribute. Photo: Julie Grant

The 8 O'Clock Hour, 12/18/12

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The group that's pushing for an Interstate to be built from Watertown to Plattsburgh has collected hundreds of local endorsements. North Country Assemblywoman Addie Russell says she's talked with State University Chancellor Nancy Zimphor about preserving separate presidents at the SUNY colleges in Canton and Potsdam. The number of people requesting help at North Country food pantries continues to rise, but there's worry that leaders in Washington, D.C. will dramatically cut food stamps, and that means pantries will have to pick up the slack.

Governor Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened, and he says New York State's assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed. In Binghamton University's bioengineering labs, researchers are looking for ways to make workplaces healthier.

And NCPR's book reviewer Betsy Kepes speaks with poet Becky Harblin about her book, Eating the Bread of this World.

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