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Assemblywoman Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly
Assemblywoman Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly

North Country lawmakers await school funding details

As leaders in Albany continue to hammer out the final shape of the state budget, North Country lawmakers are anxious to know what's in store for the region's cash-strapped school districts.  Go to full article
Chateaugay [Correctional facility closure] would not be included in the budget.

Breaking: Chateaugay prison closure "off the table" in budget deal

The state correctional facility in Chateaugay won't be closed under a budget deal being finalized in Albany.

That's according to Dan Macentee, spokesman for state Senator Betty Little.

According to Macentee, Little was told late Tuesday that "Chateaugay [closure] would not be included in the budget."

"The Democrat's proposal" to mothball the facility and spare a downstate prison "has caused a lot of concern in the community," Macentee added.

"I can understand the angst in the community."  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders announcing the 2013-14 budget agreement Wednesday night. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8576552059/in/photostream">Flickr</a>

State leaders announce preliminary budget agreement

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget last night. It would keep spending increases under two percent while providing tax rebates and breaks over the next two years. The announcement came shortly after 8 o'clock. "I'm pleased to announce this evening that we have a budget agreement in concept," Cuomo said.

They are still working out many of the details, but the governor says leaders hope to be finished passing everything by Sunday.  Go to full article
Image: newyorkstatesearch.com

North Country population shifts dramatically

Late last week the US Census released new population numbers and the data for the North Country caught the eye of Brian Mann, our Adirondack bureau chief.

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Photo: Kate O'Connell

Can an old coal plant adapt to the new energy market?

This week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are taking a look at the pieces of New York State's complex...  Go to full article

Updated: Will the new state budget whack a North Country prison?

Update 10 am: The state correctional facility in Chateaugay won't be closed under a budget deal being finalized in Albany. That's according to Dan Macentee,...  Go to full article
Students from LP Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake learning to tap maple trees. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/6816212070/">The WIld Center</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Tupper school finances at a tipping point

School districts across the North Country have been closely following state budget negotiations in Albany, hoping a budget deal will lead to a bigger increase in aid than...  Go to full article
Dandelions. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30618368@N00/2445566078/">Ard Meerveld</a>, CC <A href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Dandelions

Martha Foley mows her lawn just before the dandelions go to seed, hoping to keep their numbers down, but there's another whole crop right behind--why? Dr. Curt Stager dug...  Go to full article