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  President Obama brought some representatives from our area along with him to Cuba.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the experience.

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New York's governor is planning upcoming trade trips to Italy and China.

  President Obama has been making a landmark visit to Cuba.

Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern discussed his role in the visit on the Congressional Corner with WAMC’s Alan Chartock before flying to the island nation.

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President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Twenty residents of New York's Capital Region recently returned from a trip to the island nation.

  An American flag flies in Havana once again.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his recent trip to Cuba.

At a time when debate rages over eliminating the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba, some relations are easing.  Americans can travel to the island country if they are a part of an approved organization.  In January, retired Plattsburgh City County Court judge Penny Clute traveled with a Canadian photography group to Cuba.  She talked about her experience with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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Among the officials attending the flag raising and official opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba on Friday was Vermont senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. The Democrat played a critical role over the past few years in negotiations to normalize relations after a half-century of rancor.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it was an emotional moment watching the flag rise again in Havana.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says seeing the U.S. flag raised over the newly reopened American Embassy in Cuba was deeply moving.

  The United States and Cuba recently announced that the opening of embassies as the two nations, whose relations have been frozen since the height of the Cold War, will resume diplomatic relations. Despite the changes, the U.S. embargo on Cuba remains firmly in place. So what does the restoration of diplomatic relations mean for the average Cuban citizen? We put that question and several others today to University at Albany Associate Professor Dr. Elise Andaya, a cultural anthropologist, who has spent a good deal of time in Cuba.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a delegation of about 20 people from different economic sectors on a trade mission to Cuba this week. Among them was Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley his focus was aviation and potential opportunities to open travel between the Plattsburgh International Airport and the island nation.

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