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Student using an iPad in class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctd/6339518618/">Chris Deigan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Student using an iPad in class. Photo: Chris Deigan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Voters will decide education bond act this fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion for new technology including iPads in school classrooms. Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive but want to see more details.

The bond act, as it reads on the November ballot, would provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connections, as well as offer funds to build more pre-kindergarten classrooms, and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.  Go to full article
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sen. Schumer swings through Adirondacks, pushes tech training grant for NCCC

Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country on Friday, making stops in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Speculator. In Saranac Lake, Schumer said he's pushing for grant funding to create a new academic program at North Country Community College (NCCC) that would train workers for a rapidly growing industry.

NCCC is one of thirty SUNY community colleges that have teamed up to apply for $15 million from a U.S. Department of Labor career training program. The college is seeking to train people in mechatronics, a multi-disciplinary field that incorporates engineering, mechanics, and electronics.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: Bobamnertiopsis, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY invests $9 million in North Country broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is investing $9 million to expand broadband access among older adults in the North Country.

Slic Network Solutions based in Nicholville, NY will expand broadband for approximately 2500 unserved households, 134 businesses and 33 community anchor institutions in the North Country, including two schools.

The expansion will cover the town of Belmont to the southern end of Malone, and the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Chester, Oswegachie and Depeyster.  Go to full article
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Biotech firm pulls out of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake's plan to grow a cluster of biotechnology companies suffered a setback Monday.

Myriad RBM, one of two biotech firms the village lured from Lake Placid three years ago, plans to shutter its Saranac Lake site. The change will leave the company's roughly two dozen local workers out of a job.  Go to full article

Telecommunications firm to launch rural networks

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) The telecommunications company VTel is marking the launch of a statewide high-speed communications network that will serve rural Vermont.

The Tuesday event will mark the launch of the company's wireless network that will reach more than 20,000 homes and businesses. Over the next year additional towers will be brought online every week.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/flowector/3452703868/">Mediajon</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mediajon, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Leahy to hold hearing in Vermont on net neutrality

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to convene a hearing in Vermont to gather opinions from residents on a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay more.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at the University of Vermont.  Go to full article
Corn field. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/planmygreen/2675568751/">Rastoney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Corn field. Photo: Rastoney, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York is central in genetically modified-food label debate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume.

Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients. Opponents say GMOs are safe and that labels will increase prices while unnecessarily frightening consumers.  Go to full article
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York working towards statewide health records system

Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patients' medical records, and now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient's medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor's office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they've been treated at. "However, many of those systems can't easily or fluently communicate with one another," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College's healthcare policy program.  Go to full article

New mobile app helps hunters, anglers in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A free mobile application is now available to provide up-to-date information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor activities in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the launch of the "New York Fish and Wildlife" app follows last week's Tourism Summit and coincides with the start of the summer travel season.  Go to full article
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool

Massena 17 year-old doing well with re-attached arm

Four weeks ago Friday, a med flight helicopter landed at Massachusetts General Hospital, carrying a 17-year Massena boy.

It was just after midnight. A hastily assembled team of surgeons, nurses and anesthetists was waiting to try to reattach Brett Bouchard's right arm, ripped off just below the elbow.

WBUR's Martha Bebinger picks up the story.  Go to full article

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