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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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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.

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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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The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, were featured at a recent White House event on climate change education.

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A Plattsburgh city councilor is raising concerns over how capital projects are funded after an allocation for $145,000 for unspecified projects came before the council for approval.

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The Saratoga North Creek Railway is raising the ire of environmental and conservationists over a plan to store empty railcars on its central Adirondack tracks.

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The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration is one of the signature events in northern New York’s largest city. Organizers have introduced the schedule for next month’s event and are increasing efforts to engage and excite young people about the historical event.

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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The surviving escapee from the Clinton Correctional Facility who was captured after a 23-day manhunt in June was in Clinton County Court this morning facing charges related to the prison break. As WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports, the brief proceeding marked the first time David Sweat was seen in public since being wounded at the end of the chase.

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New York Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country Monday to push for passage of a bill he has introduced to enhance job opportunities for returning veterans.

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The Plattsburgh Charter Commission has working for months to update and revise the city’s 113-year-old governing document.   Among the questions the group had planned to present to voters in November was whether to change to a government led by a city manager and council.  That idea has been dropped and voters will now review the terms and powers of the mayor and city council.

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The prisoners are long accounted for, but fallout from the 23-day manhunt for two escaped murderers continues. A New York Times report says there was widespread retribution carried out against inmates at Clinton Correctional during the search for Richard Matt and David Sweat. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction.

 

Keurig Green Mountain says most of the layoffs it announced this week will be in Vermont.

A company spokeswoman says 200 of the 330 layoffs will be Vermont workers, mostly from Waterbury. She says the company has about 2,000 employees statewide.

Authorities say toxicology tests show prison escapee Richard Matt was drunk when fatally shot by border patrol agents in a forest in northern New York.

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The Adirondack Park Agency is offering an economic development initiative to all 102 communities within the Blue Line following the completion of a pilot project.

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The state Assembly representative for the region that includes the Clinton Correctional Facility is slamming the plea deal that the Clinton County District Attorney reached with Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty this week to helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the maximum security prison last month. Republican Janet Duprey of the 115th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley justice was not served.

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