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Dr. Daniel Molloy
Dr. Daniel Molloy

The science behind killing black flies

The bacteria BTI is very specific. Aside from black flies, it can also be used to kill mosquito larvae in standing water. BTI was isolated in the 1970s in Israel, hence its name, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. It was first used to reduce mosquito- and fly-borne diseases. To learn more, David spoke with the leading authority on BTI in New York, Dr. Daniel Molloy. He's an aquatic biologist with the New York State Museum. He says BTI produces protein crystals.  Go to full article

NY lawmakers push back on passport plan

Republican Congressman John McHugh is joining with a Democratic colleague from Rochester to keep fighting a passport requirement for border crossing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fire contract dispute smoulders in Saranac lake

Three towns in the Adirondacks have been without full fire and rescue coverage since the start of the New Year. Officials from Harrietstown, Brighton and Santa Clara - all in Franklin County - have refused to sign new contracts with the Village of Saranac Lake. Some of the towns have criticized the village's decision to switch to an assessment-based formula for fire contracts while others have accused the village of failing to negotiate in good faith. As Chris Knight reports, local firefighters have been put in the middle of the dispute.  Go to full article

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