North Country News

A prosecutor has concluded the shootings of two escaped killers in northern New York by their pursuers were justified.

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Three decades after his death, Orson Welles remains one of the world’s best known filmmakers.  An actor, writer, director, and producer he is perhaps most remembered for Citizen Kane and his notorious radio play War of the Worlds.
A number of film retrospectives are occurring this year, the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth. This weekend the Adirondack Film Society Screening Series is holding its “Celebration of Orson Welles” in Lake Placid.  The program will be introduced by Welles colleague and film producer Larry Jackson.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley what it was like to work with the legendary filmmaker.

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In the wake of fierce debate over the implementation of the Common Core education standards in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a task force to undertake a comprehensive review and present recommendations. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid last night for one of three simultaneous public listening sessions.

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Veterans gathered at the oval on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base this morning for an annual Veterans Day ceremony. 

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A diversity march was held Monday on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in the wake of a racially sensitive cartoon published two weeks ago in the student newspaper.

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Hundreds marched across the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Monday to bring awareness to discrimination diversity issues at the college.

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Plattsburgh State faculty and students gathered Friday afternoon to discuss what actions faculty can take to help students and the campus community have a “meaningful conversation about issues of race.”  The gathering was called by the head of the faculty senate in the wake of the student newspaper’s publication of a racially insensitive cartoon.

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Plattsburgh State faculty met Friday afternoon to discuss what actions they can take in the wake of the publication of a racially controversial cartoon.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association held an open campus meeting last night to discuss the issues and emotions swirling in the wake of the publication of a racist cartoon on the front page of the student newspaper.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, an all-faculty meeting is also scheduled for this afternoon.

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Voters rejected an accountant and turned to a college counselor on election night in the town of Plattsburgh. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the Democrat in the race for the open supervisor seat soundly defeated his Republican challenger.

Gene Palmer at November court appearance
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The prison guard facing five charges for his involvement with two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora this summer was in court Wednesday to enter his plea.

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Suspended corrections officer Gene Palmer was arraigned in Clinton County Court Wednesday on charges related to his role in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

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A guard accused of inadvertently helping two killers escape from a northern New York prison has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

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Changes to the 113-year-old document that guides the governance of the city of Plattsburgh have been approved by voters.

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The Democratic candidate for Plattsburgh Town Supervisor overwhelmingly won the open seat in Tuesday’s elections.

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Changes to the Plattsburgh City Charter have been overwhelmingly approved.

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The North Country Alliance for Public Education held its fourth “Open Forum on Open Education” Thursday evening. The panel included the region’s state representatives and one of its newest Regents. As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the discussion focused on the impact of Common Core on the state’s education system.

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Next week, voters in Plattsburgh will decide whether to approve changes to the document that guides the governance of the city.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the final public education session about the ballot items last night.

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An update now on a story we brought you yesterday: Two villages in New York’s North Country will cease to exist at the end of 2016 following votes yesterday in which residents decided to dissolve their communities.

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One of the most high-profile races in New York’s Clinton County heading into election day is the contest for Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor.  With the incumbent retiring, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the Democrat and Republican seeking the job.

Voters in the Village of Port Henry in Essex County, New York have voted to dissolve their village, 190 to 171. The remnants of the village will now be absorbed by the neighboring town of Moriah. Town and village officials have about a year to come up with a formal plan to merge services. Meantime, voters in the Village of Hermon in St. Lawrence County also voted to dissolve, 95 to 15.

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The future of two northern New York villages is in the hands of their residents today as they decide whether the communities should be dissolved.

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Justin Trudeau will not be moving into the traditional prime minister's residence.  He and his family will instead live in Rideau Cottage, on the grounds of the residence of Canada’s governor general.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council took public comments on the proposed city budget last night.  Most comments focused on two recent items the body addressed.

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After weeks of outcry by some alumni and current students, officials at Paul Smith’s College have decided not to challenge a judge’s decision preventing the college from changing its name. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, a large donation tied to the name change has been withdrawn.

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Officials at Paul Smiths College have decided not to challenge a judge’s decision preventing the college from changing its name.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday on the possibility they may exceed the New York state-mandated tax cap of .73 percent for 2016.

Canadian voters have ended nearly a decade of conservative leadership under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Liberals will form a majority government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the election has been observed closely by political and business interests near New York’s border.

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A  55-million dollar expansion and renovation at the Plattsburgh International Airport  will  more than triple the size of the existing terminal.  Airport officials today gave tours to community officials and the media, showing the progress of the expansion, which is now in Phase Two. 

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Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Counties are the latest in New York to join Operation Lifesaver – an effort by law enforcement agencies to use technology to speed search and rescue operations.  This afternoon, sheriffs’ departments from the three counties demonstrated the technology that they hope will save lives. 

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