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A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge. Photo by David Sommerstein.

The 8 O'clock Hour, 1/11/13

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First Nations chiefs are meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa today in response to Idle No More protests, and U.S. and Canadian customs agencies loosened import rules, allowing "informal entry" on both sides of the border.

Governor Cuomo's State of the State message was perceived as a a leftward turn, with a priority list that include gun control, abortion rights, and raising the minimum wage, but he says his ideology hasn't changed a bit. Karen DeWitt reports that Cuomo says he has no timeline for agreement with the legislature on gun control, and Matt Richmond reports that the governor says he wants new casinos to hit upstate New York before the rest of the state.

In the Adirondacks, one of the North Country's largest healthcare providers has announced plans to explore a partnership with Albany Medical Center, an environmental group based in New York City has purchased an iconic parcel of land in Hamilton County known as the "Marion River Carry", the Adirondack Park Agency is hiring a new top attorney, and John Warren checks in with a look at outdoor conditions for the weekend.

Betsy Kepes reviews two new books by writers with ties to the Adirondacks that feature girls in elite level sports, and Todd Moe talks with artist Diane Leifheit, about The Adirondack Artists' Guild opening of The Market Show: The Guild Celebrates Charlie Green, at a reception in Saranac Lake tonight.

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