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Education Advocates Await Commitment from Pataki

Groups that won a lawsuit to reform the state's school aid formula are urging Governor Pataki to announce he'll make a down payment on school aid changes during the State of the State.  Go to full article

Commentary: Hunger & Obesity

More on the decades old 'war against hunger'. A report this week said more people are in need and food donations are down. Meanwhile, obesity is a growing problem among the poor. Commentator Jill Vaughan makes a connection.  Go to full article

Food Pantries: More Clients, Less Money

Just days before Thanksgiving, food pantries and soup kitchens are out with their annual report. They find more people are stopping in for food, while charities are receiving less help to feed them. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Makes a Difference

This Saturday is Make a Difference Day around the country, a day for volunteering and helping others. People throughout the North Country will clean up parks, visit senior citizens, pitch in many other ways in their communities. Fort Drum near Watertown is reaching out to its neighbors by stocking food pantries.

You can hear audio of this story later this morning.  Go to full article
Builder Eric Schulze.
Builder Eric Schulze.

An Energy Saving Habitat

Tomorrow the affordable housing group Habitat For Humanity of Raquette Valley holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm in Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County. The house is a first for the Habitat chapter because in addition to being affordable, it?s also energy efficient. Builders designed a home that uses 30% less energy than a conventional one. The organizers want the project to be a template for building more low-cost, energy-efficient housing. David Sommerstein visited the construction site last winter. He spoke with the designer and volunteers on the project and has this audio montage.

Call Community Energy Services at (315)379-9466 for more information about the energy efficient model.  Go to full article

Budget Crisis Could Hamper Food Shelf Efforts

Religious and civic groups that run food pantries say more people are seeking help to feed themselves and their families than ever before. They are worried that the state's budget crisis could make that situation even worse. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Canton's Church and Community Services Prepares for Holiday Season Without Ames

Martha Foley talks with Shari Wilcox, Director of the Church and Community Services in Canton, about her struggles this season without Ames and how other local groups are helping make up for the loss.  Go to full article

Going Hungry for the Hungry

The staff of a college radio station in Plattsburgh went on a hunger strike of sorts Saturday, collecting nearly a thousand cans of food for charity. Martha Foley talks with station manager Andy Cox, who says they reached their goal over the weekend.  Go to full article

Commentary: Voter Participation

New York makes an effort to enroll low-income voters. But many never go to the polls. Commentator Jill Vaughan says it's the issues that are out of reach, not the polling places.  Go to full article

Ames to Close All Stores

Ames Department Stores chain announced today it will close all its locations nationwide, leaving some 22,000 people without jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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