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Limnologist Michael Twiss from Clarkson University. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Limnologist Michael Twiss from Clarkson University. Photo: David Sommerstein.

The Eight O'clock Hour, 10/09/13

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This morning we hear from Congressman Bill Owens on the DC gridlock and ongoing shutdown. Joanna Richards reports on the closure of the North Country Children's Clinic. The new St. Lawrence County budget includes a provision to raise the sales tax and lower property taxes, which officials think will finally help the county get back on track to fiscal health. In his feature on phytoplankton, David Sommerstein gets to the bottom of an issue making waves in the great lakes. Brian Mann shares news on the proposed NYCO land swap in the Adirondacks, and Karen Dewitt provides an update on Governor Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission on corruption. We also hear from students at St. Lawrence University who organized an impromptu bell service in the wake of the bell tower fire last weekend.

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