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The Eight O'Clock Hour, NCPR's morning regional newsmagazine, gives listeners a complete update on the day's news and weather along with top regional stories, plus special segments including Natural Selections with Curt Stager, Weekly Gardening Conversations with Amy Ivy, the Adirondack Almanack with John Warren, the Community Calendar, and the Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. The NCPR News team.

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NCPR News Director Martha Foley and our arts and culture editor Todd Moe host The Eight O'Clock Hour each weekday morning.


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Natural Selections explores the natural world each Thursday with Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

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Each Monday Martha Foley explores the world of gardens and gardening with Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy.

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All Before Five: 4/04/06

ATVers say they want trails promised when registration fees went up - or they'll stop paying. An APA staffer si under an ethics investigation. The economic impact of Fort Drum is up 25%. We chat with the new sled federation director Terry Kent.'s wet, it's white, and it turns all to mud... a meditation on spring snowfall.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 4/03/06

Albany lawmakers succeed in passing an on-time budget-with big increases for North Country schools. And as the nation debates immigration reform - what does it mean for dairy farmers? Plus...more India than India - one immigrant explains why it's here that feels like home.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/31/06

Tough questions asked after a windstorm knocked off power to homes and businesses for three days last month...National Grid admits it needs to make improvements. Plus, competitive scrabble returns to the north country, though it's not quite the scrabble game you might recognize...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/30/06

Dry and windy weather has parched the North Country...and sparked grass fires around the region. Eliot Spitzer blasts George Bush on the environment in his first campaign speech in the gubernatorial race. A WWII veteran breaks his silence about a secret, never-used weapon called "The Gizmo". And a 17 year old in Carthage is either one of the best bowlers in the world - or a cheater who some want to ban from the circuit.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/29/06

A stalemate between Alcoa and the NYPA threatens Massena's industrial base. An Ogdensburg councilman proposes a law that might effectively keep sex offenders from living in the city. A company sued in the Ethan Allen disaster is now suing the coast guard. And legislative leaders reach a tentative agreement on the budget. Plus the hidden advantages - and confusion - that results when your town is named after a person's first name...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/28/06

Alcoa workers picket a proposed new contract. A major land acquisition along lows lake shoreline settles a family legacy. And in a rare twist, a pro-environment group sells a large parcel of remote Adirondack land back to the private sector. Plus, what's lost when a mom-and-pop grocery folds to the new Wal Mart?  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/27/06

Veterans from past wars protest the conflict in Iraq. Plus, a coalition of Republican lawmakers and local activists say they plan to bring a railroad back into the Adirondacks. A man police call a 'serious predator' takes up residence in a Glens Falls hotel. And a public skater kisses another skating season goodbye.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/24/06

Lawmakers plan to work over the weekend to finish the budget in time. Warren County law enforcement alerted to a "serious predator" just released from prison. APA officials want more information about a new Tupper Lake resort. And what's the role of veterans in the anti-war movement? Veterans for Peace plans an anti-war vigil and march this Saturday.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/23/06

Eliot Spitzer's comparison of the upstate economy to "Appalachia" continues to draw criticism...and support. The APA launches a two day seminar on affordable housing. And a 10 million dollar grant could jumpstart high tech alternative energy in St Lawrence. And Sports Bob talks about the NCAA Women's Hockey Championships, the "Frozen Four."  Go to full article

All Before Five: 3/22/06

A Democratic landslide in the Saranac Lake Village election was about more than Wal Mart. We talk with Senator Ray Meier about his hopes to succeed retiring Congressman Sherwood Boehlert. And as republicans try to smear Eliot Spitzer with his comparison of upstate NY to "Apalachia," we look at some surprising comparisons between the two places. Plus, Spring Break in a homeless shelter...  Go to full article

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