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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Counties Calling for Redistribution of 911-Surcharge Funds

Franklin County legislators are considering a resolution to support state legislation that sets the percentage of distribution of the 911 surcharge to counties and the state.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Final Plattsburgh Air Force Base Property Transferred to Local Community

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The final parcels of U.S. Air Force property at the former air force base in Plattsburgh was formally transferred to the county Wednesday.  

The Plattsburgh Air Force Base began operations in 1954, and closed in September 1995 following the third round of base Realignment and Closures. Since then the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation - known as PARC - has worked with the Air Force Real Property Agency to redevelop the property. On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force transferred ownership of the final parcels to the local community.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Plattsburgh International Airport Secures Federal Funds

More than six and a half million dollars in federal grants have been awarded to the airport in Plattsburgh for infrastructure improvement and expansion of the new airport terminal.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Vermont Secretary of State Calls for Earlier State Primary

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos plans in the upcoming session to ask lawmakers to move Vermont's primary for state offices to an earlier date.
    
General election ballots must be mailed 45 days before Election Day to military and other overseas voters. This is the second election cycle in a row in Vermont in which a gubernatorial primary recount has raised fears the state won't make that federal deadline. Secretary of State Jim Condos says the August primary needs to be moved to an earlier date, perhaps as early as May or June.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Vermont Judge Confirms Abbott Wins Progressive Primary

A Vermont judge has ruled that Martha Abbott is the winner of the Progressive Party primary election for governor.

Abbott has withdrawn and won't run in the general election. But under Vermont law, that doesn't throw the race to the second-place finisher, write-in candidate Annette Smith.

Washington Superior Court Judge Robert Bent's ruling says Smith and her team pointed out a small number of vote-counting irregularities. But the judge ruled those would not be enough to change the outcome.

The final tally stands at Abbott 381, Smith 340.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Tourism Officials Optimistic About Fall Foliage Season

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The seasons, and the foliage, is changing.  Tourism officials are optimistic that the fall color will help make up for losses last year.

Last autumn, Vermont and northern New York were recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Publicity kept some leaf-peepers away, and many businesses are hoping for a rebound this year.  Vermont Department of Tourism And Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith says fall foliage is a crucial season for the state’s economy.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Four New Infestations of Invasive Asian Clams Found in Lake George

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Fund for Lake George

Four new colonies of invasive Asian clams have been found in Lake George.

Just after Labor Day a volunteer group organized by the Lake George Park Commission began surveying areas of high risk for further spread of Asian Clams in Lake George, including boat launch areas and sandy, shallow areas.  Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky says they are surveying between 140 and 150 areas of the lake.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Report Shows Reductions of Mercury and PCB’s in Lake Champlain

Mercury-PCB Report Cover

A report prepared for the Lake Champlain Basin Program has found encouraging drops in mercury and PCB contamination in the lake.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rural County To Consider New Sex Offender Residency Law

A rural New York State county is considering crafting a residency law after several sex offenders were found to be living near area schools.

At the beginning of this school year, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting sent a notice to area superintendents advising them to check the Sex Offender Registry.  In the process, the county discovered 11 sex offenders living near schools and other youth facilities.  Sheriff Cutting says that’s a very serious concern.

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Elections
12:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Profile of Republican Primary Candidates for 115th Assembly District

Two challengers will face off against the incumbent in Thursday’s primary for New York’s new 115th district.

Republican incumbent Janet Duprey, repeat challenger David Kimmel, and Karen Bisso, who has never before run for office, are on the ballot in Republican primary for the 115th Assembly District. Incumbent Janet Duprey was first elected in 2006 to the Assembly.

Janet Duprey joins her challengers in citing the key issue for the region as jobs.

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