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Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

The 8 O'Clock Hour 8/16/13

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Yesterday, Alcoa announced that they will shut down one of its aging pot lines at its Massena East plant for good. A political controversy has erupted over whether some not-for-profit groups should be granted exemptions from publicly disclosing their donors at the state's ethics commission. The Innovation Trail's Ashley Hirtzel reports from aboard a state-of-the-art research vessel the "Muskie" that is currently on its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the US Geological Survey.

For today's Heard Up North, Sarah Harris interviews George Davis, who has become a cheerleader for the little town of Essex, New York. Betsy Kepes reviews Michael Virtanen's second novel, The River's Tale. John Warren has your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

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