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Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden share ideas for handling storm-related disasters. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden share ideas for handling storm-related disasters. Photo: Karen DeWitt

The 8 O'Clock Hour 01/08/13

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While Governor Cuomo has already introduced some of the key aspects of his annual State of the State speech, there are still some surprises that remain. A group of advocates braving the cold temperatures in Albany where Cuomo is expected to give his State of the State speech later today say that the governor has turned a cold shoulder to the state's struggling middle class and working poor. Governor Cuomo is expected to announce an executive action permitting limited access to medical marijuana in New York, but there are a lot of questions that remain about his plan.

Governor Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. North Country writer and journalist Andy Flynn opens up about his personal struggle with obesity. Martha Foley talks with WRVO News Director Catherine Loper the weather at their home in Adams, NY. Todd Moe spoke with Ian Farthing about how the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario, has been chosen to host the world famous Globe Theatre for two productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet this summer. Betsy Kepes reviews Joseph Boyden's novel The Orenda, in which Jesuit priests come to live with a community of Wendat-Huron people at a time of change and disaster.

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