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Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

The 8 O'Clock Hour 7/31/13

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The Watertown Daily Times reports this morning that St. Lawrence and Franklin counties each received $1.8 million yesterday, gambling revenue withheld by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in a dispute with NY state. New York is considered a leader among the states for effectively using cost benefits analysis to track how tax dollars are spent. An organization that works to mediate boundary water disputes between the U.S. and Canada says a new study is needed to find ways to ease future flooding in Lake Champlain. Ecologists are spending more time at the computer because more data is being collected and analyzed online.

The state ethics commission met Tuesday, and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board. In upstate New York, people are moving more towards the field of craft distilleries, and the state is seeing a comeback of the small, artisan liquor operations of the pre-prohibition era. David Sommerstein talks with Bridget Whalen-Nevin, the director of the Morristown Public Library and organizer of the Plein Air Festival.

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