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All Before Five, our afternoon regional news program, gives listeners a complete update on the day's news and weather, followed by the top regional features stories from NCPR News.

Nora FlahertyThe host of All Before Five is Nora Flaherty. Nora came to NCPR in March 2011 from WFUV in New York City, where she worked as a reporter and hosted a weekly interview program. She has become a familiar voice since then as a reporter for The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend. (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend. (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

The Eight O'clock Hour, 2/5/14

This Saturday, one of the very first Olympic events will be the biathon sprint in Sochi Russia. Two of the strongest veterans on the US biathlon team hail from the Adirondacks. Legislators are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years. The United Way is one of America's largest charitable organizations, helping to sustain thousands of small nonprofits that in turn help millions of people. But the Northern New York chapter of the United Way is needing some help itself. And Adirondack writer T.J. Brearton's debut novel is out as an e-book.  Go to full article
Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

The Eight O'clock Hour 2/4/14

An Olympic pep rally in Saranac Lake, the energy was sky high. We rebroadcast a profile of Billy Demong, the Nordic combined skier from Vermontville. New York's health commissioner continues to remain quiet about the hydro-fracking review. And Aileen O'Donoghue stops by the NCPR studios to give us an update on the night sky.  Go to full article
A missile interceptor site in Alaska. Photo: U.S. Army. Some rights reserved.
A missile interceptor site in Alaska. Photo: U.S. Army. Some rights reserved.

The Eight O'clock Hour, 02/03/2014

The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility. Governor Cuomo has been taking credit for a $2 billion dollar budget surplus in his new spending plan. But critics say that claim is not entirely accurate because the windfall will only actually materialize for another two years if certain conditions are met.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russloar/ Some rights reserved.
A train of oil tankers. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russloar/ Some rights reserved.

The Eight O'clock Hour, 01/31/2014

Thirteen athletes with close ties to the North Country will be competing at the Winter Olympics. Brian Mann profiles the team of North Country journalists that will going with them to Sochi. State Department of Transportation commissioner Joan McDonald threw cold water on the idea of a rooftop highway linking Watertown and Plattsburgh. Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order calling on state agencies to review their preparedness for an oil spill or explosion from rail cars. Joanna Richards profiles a Syracuse professor who is currently investigating possible war crimes in Syria by president Bashar al-Assad's government. And Todd Moe speaks with Thousand Islands author Ellen Wiesman, who just wrote her second novel.  Go to full article
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpmatth/11691380825/">Jason Matthews</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: Jason Matthews, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The Eight O'clock Hour, 1/30/14

The bipartisan compromise version of the Farm Bill sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday, with 60% of lawmakers voting yes. North Country residents who use propane are feeling the effects of a nationwide snafu between supply and demand. A new report issued this week finds that overtime pay in New York's prison system continues to grow. Prisons are one of the biggest employers in the North Country. Sarah Harris has an update on the Canton-Potsdam school district merger. Cuomo's DEC Commissioner Joe Martens testified at a legislative budget hearing, saying the moratorium on fracking in New York will continue.

Today on Natural Selections: the polar vortex in the arctic, which hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as the one that slammed North America. And banjo player Camilla Ammirati gives a preview of her upcoming performance at TAUNY.  Go to full article
Photo: USDA, Some rights reserved.
Photo: USDA, Some rights reserved.

The Eight O'clock Hour, 1/29/14

David Sommerstein joins Martha Foley to talk about what the Farm Bill would mean for the North Country.Concerned lawmakers are complaining about the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core educational standards. And the NYS United Teachers Union withdrew its support of the new standards, and passed a vote of no confidence in State Education Commissioner John King. The Village of Potsdam's mayor, Steve Yugartis, calls Governor Cuomo's strategy for government consolidation "meddling," and he's worried about the state-local balance of power. Mohawks on the Canadian side of Akwesasne say they'll boycott Canadian customs if progress isn't made in talks with the Canadian government. And harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis played a few songs for us in the studio, and spoke with NCPR Intern Claire Woodcock.  Go to full article
Pete Seeger passed away last night at the age of 94. From the wall in Jackie Sauter's office: Seeger with grandson Tao Rodriguez at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, August 16, 2000 (in front of a North Country Public Radio banner). Photo: D.F. Baker, Clayton, NY
Pete Seeger passed away last night at the age of 94. From the wall in Jackie Sauter's office: Seeger with grandson Tao Rodriguez at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, August 16, 2000 (in front of a North Country Public Radio banner). Photo: D.F. Baker, Clayton, NY

The Eight O'clock Hour, 1/28/14

Pete Seeger died in his sleep last night - in a hospital in New York City with family at his side. He was 94 and at the end of a career that changed folk music and changed lives. Today we rebroadcast a birthday tribute to Seeger from 2004.

David Sommerstein speaks with Richard Ball, Governor Cuomo's nomination for New York agriculture commissioner, about the position. Mayors from around the state testified before the state legislative fiscal committees. In what's traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens. And Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from a rugged ski expedition on Hurricane Mountain.  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht. Source: US Ski team
Andrew Weibrecht. Source: US Ski team

The Eight O'clock Hour, 01/27/2014

In these final weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there's growing of anxiety about safety and the threat of terrorism in Russia. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing hard to reform the way the military handles sexual assaults. U.S. and Canadian agencies made an unprecedented joint call for tough new safety rules for train cars carrying crude oil. Another North Country athlete has qualified for the Sochi Winter Olympics, now less than two weeks away. Governor Cuomo faces the voters in November. His budget plan, with many of the major initiatives phased in over the next few years, can be viewed as a blueprint for the governor's own re-election. Tile drains are controversial. Farmers install the slotted pipes under their crops to drain water faster, extend the growing season, and increase crop yield. But environmentalists worry that the drains provide a direct route for harmful nutrients, like phosphorus, into a waterway. And Todd Moe speaks with Amy Ivy about some tips for handling garden catalog-induced temptations.  Go to full article
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Communications.
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Communications.

The Eight O'clock Hour, 01/24/2014

Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Former North Country Assemblywoman and House candidate Dede Scozzafava says she's not ruling out another run for Congress, now that Democrat Bill Owens is stepping aside. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation's workplace policies are out of date and don't reflect increasing women's employment - and their roles as family caregivers. Governor Cuomo's newly formed Student Protection Unit has launched an investigation into the student debt relief industry. Cuomo also outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database. Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. And Todd Moe talks with Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's maple research field station near Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Kids play amid downed tree limbs in Watertown after last month's ice storm. Photo: Joanna Richards
Kids play amid downed tree limbs in Watertown after last month's ice storm. Photo: Joanna Richards

The 8 O'Clock Hour 01/23/14

State transportation officials say they've yet to determine what kind of highway study they're going to do in the North Country, but they confirm $2.5 million has been allocated to analyze the Route 11 corridor. Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches from the ice storm last month, but there's a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel. Business groups are happy with Governor Cuomo's budget, but educators are not. Jimmy Howard, an Ogdensburg native, is the starting goalie for the Detroit Red Wings and was also named one of three goalies on the roster for the USA hockey team.

The North Country's contingent of Olympians heading to the Sochi Games continues to grow. Yesterday, singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis came to our studios for a brief recording session and reporter Zach Hirsch recorded her tuning her unlikely instrument: the harp. Martha Foley and Curt Stager take a little of the hype out of this winter's weather buzz-word: polar vortex. Todd Moe speaks with a few fiber artists that gather at the Waddington library every week.  Go to full article

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Nora Flaherty and other NCPR reporters call out to people in communties all over the region to get a first-person take on what is happening that day in one of the nooks and crannies of the North Country, or to share one of the unique voices that contribute to the choir that is our region.

The program is looking for individuals who can fill the bill in their community--the unofficial mayors of unincorporated villages, the diner counter know-it-alls, the barbershop networkers, the contrarian librarians. If you know someone whose tongue is well-strung, drop Nora a line.