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A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Feds propose retiring faulty oil tankers from rails

Federal transportation officials want to pull the most dangerous crude oil tankers off the rails within two years. The U.S. Department of Transportation's proposed rules come just over a year after the deadly train blast in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The North Country's Congressional delegation applauded the proposal.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>

Cuomo faces growing fall-out from ethics probe report

One of Governor Cuomo' s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor's top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.  Go to full article
Dr. Mara Smith thinks her "Athlete Minder" is a perfect new start-up for Lake Placid.  But she needs investors to move forward.  Photo:  Brian Mann

Can we end the North Country's investment drought?

Today in Washington DC, the Obama administration is hosting a conference designed to convince more investors to back entrepreneurs, start-ups and infrastructure projects in rural America.

As part of that effort, the White House is unveiling a new $10 billion private investment fund aimed at financing more projects in small towns.

That effort follows years of concern from economists and rural policy experts, who say a kind of capital drought is stifling growth in rural areas.

The fear is that even many good ideas aren't getting funded in small town regions like the North Country, because most of the investment dollars are flowing to cities and suburbs.  Go to full article
Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is actually a lichen. Photo: <a href="http://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/205412">Jason Hollinger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lichens: living on next to nothing

What we call reindeer moss is nothing of the kind. It's not even a plant; it's a lichen. Lichens, which account for half of the natural nitrogen fertilizer used by plants and...  Go to full article

Fort's centuries-old canoe going on public display

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) A centuries-old dugout canoe found at the bottom of an Adirondack pond and stored at a tourist attraction since the 1960s is going on display.
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Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the school boards in Buffalo and Utica to require kindergarten attendance of children beginning at five years old. Photo: <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/381/AECF_KC_DS_GLR-image04_620x494.jpg">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gov. Cuomo signs kindergarten legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the school boards in Buffalo and Utica to require kindergarten attendance of children beginning at five...  Go to full article
Vermont state flag. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/2742173322/">J Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont state panel to hear revenue forecast

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A panel made up of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and the heads of legislative money committees is due to get a briefing on Vermont's economy and what it's...  Go to full article

Remains of US soldier killed in '53 identified

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) The remains of a northern New York soldier who was listed as missing in action during the Korean War have been identified.

The Pentagon says...  Go to full article
Police use fire hoses to break up riot. Photo: <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/july64/timeline.html">City of Rochester</a>

Rochester marks 50th anniversary of race riots

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Public officials and community leaders in Rochester are marking the 50th anniversary of race riots that drew national attention to the upstate city....  Go to full article

Man's body found floating in Saratoga Lake

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death for a man whose body was found floating in an upstate New York lake.
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