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Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Dividing lines forming over Cuomo's tax commission plan

Divisions are forming in the upcoming debate over tax cuts that's likely to dominate the new legislative session.  Go to full article
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris

How will new laws affect North Country gun dealers?

This week we're looking closely at some of the consequences of New York's new gun control law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the law's provisions "common sense." It closes loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban and limits magazine clips to seven bullets; background checks will now be required for ammunition purchases; and for private sale of guns, and there will be stiffer penalties for using illegal weapons.

Gun buyers and gun sellers are giving the rules a close read. In the North Country, buying a gun doesn't always mean heading to a big box store like Gander Mountain or Dick's. The region is home to over 200 smaller gun retailers, many of which are adjusting to the new laws.  Go to full article
2012 moves into the rear-view mirror. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette Haenel.
2012 moves into the rear-view mirror. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette Haenel.

2012: Looking back at the year in North Country news

What would a New Year's Eve be without a look back at the old year?

NCPR's two veteran reporters, Brian Mann and David Sommerstein, joined Martha Foley to consider the big stories of 2012, most of which are already projecting their influence into the coming year.  Go to full article

Startup aims to simplify hospital admissions process

Prepping for surgery can be a long, paper-driven process. A patient often has to sit on the phone detailing their medical history for a nurse -- again. Now, a Syracuse-area start-up is taking that process digital, and seeing surprising results.  Go to full article
This push for drivers licenses is not just about a piece of plastic but really about equality and trust for our communities.

Vermont considers driver's licenses for migrant workers

The dairy industry in Northern New York and Vermont relies heavily on migrant labor. A lot of the farm workers are undocumented. That causes problems when the workers have to do simple tasks that involve driving, like going to the grocery store or visiting the doctor. But Vermont legislators are discussing a bill that may change that. Sarah Harris reports.  Go to full article
Alan Leo in Ghana.
Alan Leo in Ghana.

Moving the world: empowering a knowledge of economics

Our Moving the World series continues as we talk with a Canton man who volunteers with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Alan Leo recently returned from Ghana where he worked with a group of farmers on organizing their day-to-day operations and the economics of farming. Leo, who grew up on Long Island, has been doing international development work for more than a decade, and his volunteerism has taken him all around Africa, Asia and eastern Europe. He told Todd Moe that his travels and overseas work have taught him that people are the most important part of economic development.  Go to full article
Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000
Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000

Adirondack breeder builds a business around winning horses

This week, we've been talking about the history of North Country horseracing, from the harness buggies that raced the county fairgrounds in the early 1900s to the storybook run of Funny Cide for the Triple Crown. But horseracing also has a future in the region. A thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, in the Adirondacks, is raising top horses that are competing on tracks around the world. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Amish Seek "English" Help For Cheese Plant

Amish dairy farmers in St. Lawrence County want to form a trust to keep the Heritage Cheese plant open Heuvelton. The plant stopped taking milk last weekend from 95 Amish farms. Heritage says low cheese prices have made the business unprofitable. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Departing princess Hannah Peck (L) crowns Alicia Jackson.
Departing princess Hannah Peck (L) crowns Alicia Jackson.

Crowning a New Dairy Princess

It's that time of year again - a new dairy princess was chosen for St Lawrence County this weekend. The winner will spend the next year promoting the dairy industry. There were also competitions in Lewis and Jefferson county this weekend. Gregory Warner stopped by the pageant in Canton.  Go to full article

Fighting Brand Wal-Mart

When you compete with Wal-Mart, you're not only competing with the store. You're competing with the brand. That's what Gregory Warner found when he stopped by a survival workshop for business owners in Potsdam yesterday. The workshops to help local businesses compete with mega-retailers were offered by the Malone-based non-profit ComLinks, along with local Small Business Development Centers. Though these local businesses were not all the mom-and-pop stores you might expect.  Go to full article

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