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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Marthinsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Car stopped in Queensbury held 500 bags of heroin

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) State police say a Vermont man and two people from New Jersey have been charged after troopers say they found hundreds of bags of heroin inside a vehicle they pulled over on an upstate New York highway.

Police say a trooper stopped the car for speeding in Interstate 87's northbound lanes Thursday afternoon in the Warren County town of Queensbury, 50 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30849327@N00/2685012125/">Henry M. Diaz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Henry M. Diaz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Small farms continue to struggle in New York

New York has lost 2 percent of its farms since 2007, 814 in all. That's according to the first glimpse of new agricultural census data released Thursday.

Small farms continue to struggle the most.

New York had 35,538 farms in 2012, when the US Department of Agriculture conducted its census, which it does every five years.  Go to full article

Feds urge more talks on NY Medicaid application

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has revised its request for a $10 billion Medicaid adjustment, which would allow using that money to pay for related health care programs, after federal officials concluded capital investment and some other programs are ineligible.

The application was first filed 18 months ago, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state health commissioner to publicly blame the delay for threatening financially distressed New York hospitals.  Go to full article
The village of Dannemora, NY and Clinton-Dannemora prison, one of the facilities that remains open here in the North Country. Photo: Natasha Haverty
The village of Dannemora, NY and Clinton-Dannemora prison, one of the facilities that remains open here in the North Country. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Cuomo cuts corrections budget, closes prisons

Cuomo still plans to close four prisons later this year, including two here in the North Country. In his speech yesterday the Governor also spoke about putting more resources into programs to help offenders return to society and stay in society.

This comes only a few weeks after Cuomo talked about rolling back the "madness" of mass incarceration in New York. The new budget reduces funding for the Department of Corrections by $8 million.  Go to full article

China-themed project in upstate NY draws critics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) It's an audacious plan that seems out of place for the Catskills: a $6 billion China-themed cultural, business and amusement park to be built on 2,200 acres nearly two hours from New York City.  Go to full article
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source:  Brian Mann)
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source: Brian Mann)

Protect the Adirondacks seeks reports of cougars

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An environmental group has started a database of public sightings of cougars in the Adirondacks in an effort to determine whether there's any truth to rumors that have circulated over the years about the big cats.  Go to full article
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

2nd Amendment advocates fire their weapons in protest

This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act.

On Saturday, opponents of the law held rallies they called "the shot heard 'round New York," where they fired a symbolic gunshot in protest of the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

2014 could be a good year for dairy farms

2013 was another comeback year for the dairy industry, after near-record low milk prices forced thousands of dairy farmers out of business during the recession. But the high cost of energy and feed still made it hard for farms to make money.

Two of the top industry forecasters say that could change for the better in 2014. David Sommerstein spoke with Mark Stephenson, who directs the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin, and Andy Novacovic, a professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University, about what the new year might hold for dairy farmers and how the Farm Bill debate in Congress could affect life on the farm.

Stephenson says soaring corn prices are finally coming down, with a record harvest last summer and declining use of corn in producing ethanol. That means dairy farmers will pay less for feed, so they'll end up with better profit margins this year.  Go to full article
Albany, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany, NY. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Taxes to be major topic in 2014

One of the top issues of the 2014 legislative session will be taxes. While Governor Cuomo wants to cut taxes, some, including New York City Mayor elect Bill de Blasio, want to raise them.  Go to full article

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