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School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to receive next year. Still, budgets passed in most districts. But a handful failed. Those districts will have to make contingency budgets, and that means cutting thousands of dollars in programs, services, and in some cases, people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Agriculture Lobbyists Find Good News in Pataki Agenda

Governor Pataki's most prominent reference to agriculture in his State of the State speech Wednesday was a commitment to expand the state's farmland preservation and conservation program. Yesterday Pataki announced $12 million in grants to protect active farmland statewide, including on two North Country farms. As David Sommerstein reports, other good news for agriculture was hidden in the details of Pataki's message.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Aubertine Against Sales Tax Hike

Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to approve the increase says he's against the idea. He says first, the state should take responsibility for causing the financial problems in the first place. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Picnic

Redford, New York is a tiny blip on the map today but, like many Adirondack towns, it has been through periods of boom and bust. During a boom time, in the mid 1800s the Roman Catholics came together and built a church which was consecrated on August 15, 1855. Ever since then parishioners take a day in August to get together for the Redford Picnic. The event has become a fundraiser for the church and parochial school, but for the families that have been attending for generation after generation it is much more. Lamar Bliss attended last year's picnic.  Go to full article

Clinton County 18-Year-Old Convicted of Murder

A Clinton County jury found an 18-year-old man guilty Friday of murdering his parents. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

School Budgets Up For Vote

It's been a rollercoaster ride this spring for New York's educators. Governor Pataki proposed a billion and half dollars in cuts to school aid. The state legislature passed a budget that restored much of the money. Pataki vetoed that budget. The legislature overrode the veto. School budget votes were delayed by two weeks to give the political wrangling time to run its course. Now people are readying to approve or reject their schools' spending plans next Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Budget Cuts Force Closure of Champlain Elementary School

A school board in Clinton County voted last night to close Champlain Elementary. The move is meant to narrow a 700 thousand dollar budget shortfall, triggered in part by cuts in state aid. The district will also lay off at least six teachers and administrators. As Brian Mann reports, locals will still face a property tax hike that could top eleven percent.

For other stories on the region's education crisis, search under "education". Join us Thursday, when David Sommerstein reports on school budget woes in the St. Lawrence valley.  Go to full article

Local School Districts Face Big Cuts

Educators in the North Country are watching the education budget battles in Albany carefully. School districts across the region face both double digit tax rate increases and cuts to programs and services next year. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Protecting the North Country: Counties Respond to Possible Terrorist Attacks

When the Homeland Security Department put the U.S. on heightened alert for terrorist attacks last week, it sent off ripples of anxiety across the country. The threat of biological, chemical or nuclear warfare prompted a string of news stories about how to prepare for such a disaster. Martha Foley talks with Jim King, Director of Emergency Services for Clinton County. His office, and others like it across the country, would be vital links in the terror response chain.  Go to full article

Clinton County Councilman Arrested for Selling Drugs

A former town councilman in Clinton County has pleaded guilty to selling drugs. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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