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U.S. Attorney Bharara offers scathing assessment of Albany's "culture of corruption"

(Feb 9, 2016) The U.S. Attorney who convicted both leaders of the New York legislature came to Albany Monday to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors. Preet Bharara was not invited to the State Capitol however, and he did not meet directly with any lawmakers, even though Bharara and Governor Cuomo attended the same event, the swearing in of the state’s new chief judge. [full story]

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Senator Gillibrand says women should register for draft

(Feb 9, 2016) Women are now allowed to enter all combat roles in the military. Some top military brass say they believe all women should now be required to register for the draft, just as men are required to do within 30 days of their 18th birthday. United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she’s okay with that. [full story]

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See five planets (or six) in the early morning sky

(Feb 9, 2016) We're gaining two and a half minutes of daylight every day now. Orion is front and center in the evening sky. [full story]

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Clean energy a growing part of $7 billion NY-Quebec trade

(Feb 9, 2016) Trade between New York State and the province of Quebec now tops $7 billion a year. Trade representatives from Ontario and Quebec were in Albany last week to talk with lawmakers about trade across the northern border. A growing part of that commerce involves energy production. [full story]

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Cuomo says Clinton's campaign is more realistic than Sanders'

(Feb 9, 2016) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a rationale for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy over that of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. He said Clinton’s approach is more practical. [full story]

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Former North Country congressman may challenge Governor Cuomo

(Feb 9, 2016) Former North Country Congressman Chris Gibson, who now represents a district in the Hudson Valley, said he is preparing to run for governor in 2018. The former Army colonel from Kinderhook could find himself in a head-to-head match-up with Andrew Cuomo. [full story]

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Cuomo moves to limit "conversion therapy"

(Feb 8, 2016) New York State moved to block therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of young people. The new rules were announced over the weekend at a gathering of gay-rights activists by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said he'll use his regulatory power to block insurance coverage for the practice known as conversion therapy. He'll also block mental health facilities under state jurisdiction from offering it to minors. [full story]

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Big Tupper ski area to remain closed for winter

(Feb 8, 2016) The unseasonably warm weather continues to take its toll on the North Country’s winter culture. The volunteers who operate the Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake have announced they won’t open the mountain for skiing and snowboarding this year. [full story]

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What to look for in a reliable seed catalog

(Feb 8, 2016) Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has shared the how-tos of starting seeds at home over the last few weeks, including tips on equipment, timing, and techniques. Today, seeds finally take the stage, and buying seeds means ordering from a seed catalog.The first questions is, which one? Catalogs are many and various. Some come with glossy pictures of fantastic looking harvests. Maybe too good to be true? Amy says she looks for catalogs that offer lots of information about the variety and how best to grow it, along with the pictures. [full story]

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Gorey's love of elephants, dance, dark humor in SLU exhibit

(Feb 8, 2016) An exhibit of prints at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY this month by author and illustrator Edward Gorey shows his love of animals, especially elephants.The exhibit's images and other "goodies" depict elephants cavorting, dancing, showering, and carrying figures on their backs. Gorey is known for his pen and ink illustrations and offbeat sense of humor. He published more than 100 books and his illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker and New York Times. Exhibit curator James Edwards gives a lecture tonight at 7 pm in Griffiths 123. Edward's talk, "Elephant Ballet, the Swan Song of Edward Gorey," will focus on Gorey's obsession with animals, dance, and dark humor. [full story]

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