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A Con Edison crew works at the Alfred E. Smith Houses in lower Manhattan, on October 31.     Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonahowie/">Jason A. Howie</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A Con Edison crew works at the Alfred E. Smith Houses in lower Manhattan, on October 31. Photo: Jason A. Howie, CC some rights reserved

Cuomo orders probe of utilities

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes a Moreland Act investigation into the state's utilities will result in a complete overhaul of New York's power distribution system.

Cuomo says he launched the Moreland Act probe, which has the power to subpoena witnesses and compel them to testify under oath, because the current power distribution system is broken. And the governor says it needs to be fixed now, before another devastating storm hits: "I don't want to lose the moment."  Go to full article
The post-9/11 GI Bill has opened the door for veterans like Josh Jones (seen here in his dorm room at Paul Smiths College) to go back to college. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New GI bill helps vets pivot to civilian life

This week in recognition of Veterans Day, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the struggles of young veterans returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many have come back to a sour economy, with few good jobs. For veterans under the age of 25, unemployment still hovers around 30 percent.

One of most ambitious efforts to help service members restart their lives has been the post-9/11 GI Bill, which offers financial aid for those soldiers who want to go back to college or a trade school.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/with/5194328403/#photo_5194328403">JvL</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

GOP gains a Democrat in NYS Senate

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he'll sit with the GOP.

Felder is very valuable addition for Republicans trying to retain control of the Senate. In the current count from last week's voting, Democrats have won 31 seats, and Republicans have won 30. Two races are still being tallied.  Go to full article
Dermot Morgan and Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan at the Storycorps booth in 2008.

Remembering Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan

Over the weekend, one of the North Country's most famous icons passed away. Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan was a fixture in Saranac Lake for decades after he returned home from...  Go to full article
New York Thruway. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/">MPD01605</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Thruway authority pulls back on truck toll hike, for now

The New York Thruway Authority, after canceling two meetings where a proposed 45 percent toll hike on trucks was believed to be voted on, now says it needs more time to...  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Jazz singer returns to her Canadian roots

Melissa Stylianou. a New York-based jazz singer with Ontario roots has been garnering lots of international praise since her latest CD, "Silent Movie" was released in April,...  Go to full article
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an...  Go to full article