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Authorities say two New York state troopers received minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision while chasing a suspect on an Adirondack road.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh this morning to advocate for the restoration of funding to the arts and humanities that has been zeroed out in President Trump’s budget proposal.

Dr. Michael Hawes
Fulbright Canada

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada is a National Resource Center on Canada.  It has maintained a long-term relationship with Fulbright Canada.  Dr. Michael Hawes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. and the Executive Director of Fulbright Canada.  He was in Plattsburgh this week and talked about the relationship between the two countries and the importance of the local Canadian studies program.

Canada’s Consul General in New York spoke to a crowd of northern New York officials Monday evening in Plattsburgh.

Trooper Brian Falb
Damian Battinelli / New York State Police

The funeral for an 18-year veteran of the New York State Police was held in Plattsburgh Monday.  47-year-old Trooper Brian Falb died of brain cancer related to his service as a first responder following the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center.

Trooper Brian Falb's casket arrives at St. Peter's Church
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The funeral for New York State Trooper Brian Falb was held Monday morning in Plattsburgh. The officer died of brain cancer related to inhaling toxic air at the 9/11 World Trade Center site.

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Desautels Faculty of Management

For nine years McGill University in Quebec has taken students to emerging economic regions of the world.  During the trip about 40 students meet with corporate leaders, government officials, and alumni.  Past treks have included Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Moscow and St Petersburg; and last year’s trip to Santiago and Bogota.  This year students traveled to Manila, Palawan and Hong Kong.

Skiing at Whiteface during 3/14/17 snowstorm
ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid

Although the blizzard warning has been canceled, a winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect across Vermont and New York’s North Country.  One to three feet has already fallen throughout the region — and that’s good news for winter skiing enthusiasts.

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Officials from the AARP recently discussed their concerns about the GOP health care overhaul proposal known as the American Health Care Act.  The group opposes the legislation and calls some of its provisions an age tax.

Boreas Ponds interim access map
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing classification options for the recently obtained Boreas Ponds tract in the central Adirondacks.  Many expected the agency’s board to consider final classification during its March meeting and then make a final decision in April. But the board did not discuss the Boreas Ponds classification, spurring further debate over use of the lands near the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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City Councilor David Allaire has won the race for Rutland mayor, ousting an incumbent who wanted to bring refugees from Syria and Iraq to the community.

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In September 2014, Clinton Community College received a $12.7 million grant through the SUNY 2020 challenge program to create and build the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.  It broke ground on the facility in May 2016.  This week, the college updated officials on the status of construction and provided tours of the partially completed facility.

Elm tree at Route 73 and 9N
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At the corner of Route 73 and 9N, overlooking a snowcapped ridge of Adirondack peaks, a 60-foot tall elm tree stands sentinel at the edge of a wetland valley.  A popular stop for photographers and tourists, its sweeping branches provide a foreground to the mountains.  This elm tree has also captured the attention of scientists.  Only a few yards away, a grove of elms has fallen victim to Dutch Elm Disease.  On Monday scientists from the Nature Conservancy took samples of the healthy tree.

Demonstrators gather in front of Congresswoman Stefanik's Plattsburgh office
Pat Bradley/WAMC

About three dozen people from across the North Country met in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to demonstrate their displeasure over Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s refusal to hold a town hall meeting with constituents.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ski Vermont

With the snowfall earlier this month ski mountains across the area built a strong base for the Presidents Day holiday.  Many resorts are expecting record attendance when final numbers come out.

The Adirondack village of Saranac Lake is preparing to host the World Snowshoe Championships. The competition, which is being held in the United States for the first time, begins Friday.

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

Part of Shipwrecks of New York display at Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are thousands of shipwrecks in New York state waters, dating to the early days of the nation.  A traveling exhibit highlighting their historical significance is currently on display at Plattsburgh City Hall.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

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Scammers are always coming up with ways to get your money — and with the latest technology, they are more creative than ever.  An assistant New York state attorney general and a bank president say one of the latest scams puts your finances at risk if you respond with a single word.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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The first meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was closely watched by Canadians and border communities in the U.S.  The public view of the leaders’ meeting is boosting confidence about future economic links between the two countries.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply company in Plattsburgh has received a $1 billion contract over five years that will allow it to expand employees and infrastructure.

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Pat Bradley/WAMC

Nearly 2,300 athletes are in the Lake Placid region this weekend for the 37th annual Empire State Winter Games, the largest amateur winter athletic sporting event in North America.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the opening ceremonies Thursday evening.

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A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

Saranac Lake
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An upstate New York Mayor is blaming President Trump’s ban on travel from seven Middle Eastern countries for preventing athletes from India traveling to the Adirondacks.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines North Country budget initaitives
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.

Internet Exchange Safety Zone sign
Plattsburgh City Police

Plattsburgh City Police have created an “Internet Exchange Safe Zone” for people exchanging goods purchased via social media or websites.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones holds proposed budget
office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones began his first term this month representing Clinton and  Franklin counties and three towns in St. Lawrence County.  The Democrat is in his district, the 115th, with a copy of the just-printed proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Jones says the Assembly was supposed to receive an overview of the spending plan directly from the governor, but the session ran late.

Plattsburgh International Airport
Plattsburgh International Airport

During his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new funding to enhance and revitalize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The new funds will be used to enhance aerospace and general aviation facilities as a separate terminal upgrade is completed.

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