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New York News
7:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Schumer Calls for Renewal of Tax Credit

New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh Thursday afternoon, calling for the renewal of a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans.

New York’s senior Senator stopped by Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh, a manufacturer of rail cars, to tour the plant and discuss the importance of extending the “Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit”.   Schumer says Congressional gridlock is stalling the tax credit’s renewal.

New England News
6:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

This Year Warmest On Record

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reported Tuesday that  this is the hottest year on record in the region since record keeping started.

The regional Climate Center reports that the average temperature in the 12-state northeast region was 49.9 degrees from January through July,  the warmest seven-month period since 1895, when systematic record keeping began. NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University Climatologist Kathryn Vreeland notes that the data is strictly temperature measurements from land based observations.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

It's official. It's Been Hot in the Northeast

No surprise for Northeast residents sweating out the summer after a winter barely touching their snow shovels: this is the hottest year on record in the region so far.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reported Tuesday that the average temperature in the 12-state region was 49.9 degrees from January through July. That's the warmest seven-month period since 1895, the year systematic record keeping began.
   
The second-warmest comparable period was 1921, when the seven-month average was 49.2 degrees.

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North Country News
5:55 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Presidential Inaugural to Feature Saratoga Water

Whoever wins the U.S. presidency, an upstate New York bottler will be a winner.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says that water from the Saratoga Springs Water Co. will be served at the presidential inauguration.

Schumer is chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. He says Saratoga Water and its iconic blue bottle will be the official water of the historic ceremonies, regardless of who wins the November election.

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Science & Technology
12:20 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Researchers Say Daydreaming Aids High Function Brain Activity

A recently released study says that daydreaming may actually be beneficial to high-level brain activity. WAMC’s Melissa Bunning reports.…

Contrary to popular belief, our brains are functioning at higher levels when our minds wander.  Dr. Jonathan Schooler of the University of California, Santa Barbara, explains……

Schooler, and Kalina Christoff of the University of British Columbia, took functional magnetic resonance images, or fMRI scans, of subjects as they were instructed to press a button when numbers appeared on a screen.

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North Country News
12:09 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Alliance Reviews Long Term Scenario For Adirondack Park

A study has found that a broad range of interests agree on what type of development strategy is best for the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance heard the results during its annual meeting this week.

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New England News
7:44 am
Fri July 20, 2012

VT Prison Violence Rises

Vermont Statehouse Montpelier
Photo by Pat Bradley

The man in charge of Vermont's prison system says there's been an increase in violence behind bars in the state, and that much of it appears tied to gang activity. Andrew Pallito told lawmakers today that many of those engaged in violent gang activity are people who come from out of state and get misdemeanor drug convictions while in Vermont.

Copyright 2012, by The Associated Press

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