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As New York state nears a final decision on the fate of a 119-mile rail corridor through the Adirondacks, owners of a new tourist attraction are fighting plans to convert part of the corridor to a multi-use trail.

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A Paul Smith’s College student has been arrested for making threats against the campus through social media.

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The winter sports sliding venue that's home ice for the U.S. luge, bobsled, and skeleton teams is set to open.

A New York grand jury is expected to hear evidence in a fatal car crash involving a state trooper that killed a 33-year-old upstate woman.

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A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

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State forest rangers are battling a growing wild fire in the eastern Adirondack woods that has scorched about 100 acres since an unattended campfire sparked the blaze over the weekend.

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A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup has been sentenced to up to seven years behind bars.

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Twenty years ago, an event that many believed signaled the death knell for the Plattsburgh region occurred.  The Plattsburgh Air Force Base was officially closed and decommissioned at the end of September 1995. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks back.

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The Adirondack Council has released its annual report assessing actions by governmental leaders and agencies toward the Adirondack Park. 

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A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup says she played along when they talked about their plan and never intended to pick them up.

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A dam that provided an iconic view of the Adirondack High Peaks is being dismantled.  While some environmentalists say removal of the Marcy Dam will be good for the ecosystem, others are disappointed to see it go.

Across our region, communities have been rethinking their relationship with their bodies of water. Last night, the city of Plattsburgh held a public information session on a plan to create a two-and-a-half mile multi-season recreation trail along the Saranac River in the center city area.

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Although the unemployment rate in New York’s North Country remains above the statewide average, businesses are hiring.  In Plattsburgh this afternoon dozens of companies have been participating in a job fair seeking qualified employees.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh community paused at noon today to remember the events of 9-11, and to remember two alumni that died when the twin towers collapsed.

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It’s a school that doesn’t usually find itself in the headlines. But in the latest chapter in a controversy that has been brewing for weeks, a small group of Paul Smith's College alumni gathered at the school’s entrance Thursday evening to express their concerns about a possible college name change attached to a major donation. At the same time, the president was meeting with students to explain the situation. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

A prominent Lake Placid political and community leader has died. As WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports, the village is remembering the trailblazer fondly.

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After months of research, review and debate, the ballot proposals to change the Plattsburgh City Charter are ready for the voters.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the charter commission is planning two public information sessions on the ballot items.

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Adirondack Park Agency commissioners will review a controversial land management plan at their monthly meeting tomorrow.

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The field of candidates seeking to become Vermont's next governor is growing.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott told WPTZ-TV that he plans to send an email to supporters on Tuesday announcing his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, with a traditional campaign kick-off in November.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, said in June that he wouldn't be seeking a third two-year term.

Since then, Republican businessman Bruce Lisman and two Democrats — House Speaker Shap Smith and former lawmaker Matt Dunne — have announced their campaigns.

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Anbaric Transmission

The floor of Lake Champlain is quickly becoming a highway for transmission lines to bring renewable energy to metropolitan areas of the Northeast.  A new project to bring wind power from New York to New England through the lake was announced this week.

Building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico is a familiar topic in our presidential politics. But what about the Canadian border?
On Meet the Press this weekend, Republican candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made comments that raised concerns among northern border interests.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, people near the border say the comments are evidence of general lack of knowledge about our northern neighbor.

Mike Derrick for Congress

Last November, Republican Elise Stefanik was elected to represent New York’s sprawling 21st Congressional district, becoming the youngest woman ever to walk the halls of Congress. Less than a year into her term, she faces a Democratic challenger.  On July 1st retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick announced he was running for the seat.  Derrick tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief he is encouraged about his chances as he travels the district.

A Burlington, Vermont police officer has been arrested on a domestic assault charge after an alleged victim described multiple incidents of abuse. 

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The Clinton Correctional Facility has been under the microscope since the escape of two prisoners from its maximum security division in June, which led to a 23-day multimillion dollar manhunt.  This weekend, the prison was placed on lockdown after two prisoner altercations.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker's idea of building a wall to separate the United States and Canada is being called "crazy" and "dumb."

State Police say a 21-year-old college student from Long Island has died after jumping from a bridge into a northern New York river.

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There is something in the water.  And Plattsburgh officials have a conundrum on their hands trying to figure out why there are spikes in bacteria occurring at the city beach.

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This week the nation is recognizing the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  But this week also marks the anniversary of another mega-storm that tracked across our region four years ago today. 

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Franklin County has been one of only two counties in New York State that does not have a so-called bed tax, a levy charged by local governments on hotel stays.  Now, after nearly five years of effort, Franklin County will soon be able to implement a bed tax. 

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