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Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues were the reason for his departure, according to Gov. Cuomo as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester.

His resignation leaves the future of the Health Department's much-anticipated health review of hydraulic fracturing in New York in limbo.  Go to full article

News from The Eight O'clock Hour 4/10/14

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News from the Eight O'Clock Hour, 04/09/2014

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News from the Eight O'clock Hour (04/08/14)

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News from the The Eight O'clock Hour, 04/04/2014

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Call-in: the future of the North Country prison industry

Guests include Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess, a former inmate who spent time in North Country prisons and now works as a youth counselor and activist. We also hear from Donn Rowe, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guard union, who has fought to keep North Country prisons open. And we hear from Donald Bilow, a town supervisor from Chateaugay, where the prison is due to close in July.

Prison Time Media Project reporters Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty, and NCPR News Director Martha Foley, along with guests take calls and questions from listeners.  Go to full article

News from the Eight O'clock Hour, 04/03/2014

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News from The Eight O'clock Hour 4/2/14

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News from The Eight O'clock Hour 3/31/14

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Martha Foley, left, with Natasha Haverty and Brian Mann, talk about the Prison Time Media Project.
Martha Foley, left, with Natasha Haverty and Brian Mann, talk about the Prison Time Media Project.

North Country prison industry transforming, shrinking

Over the last sixteen months, North Country Public Radio has broadcast a series of stories, reports and interviews looking at America's era of mass incarceration.

The 40-year drug war sent millions of Americans to prison. And it transformed the North Country as more than a dozen state and federal prisons were built in our back yards.

This week, we're wrapping up the first part of the series by looking at two communities transformed by the drug war: Chateaugay in northern Franklin County, which is currently fighting to save a local prison, and Brownsville, in New York City, a community that has seen a generation of men sent away to prison.

We'll start this special week with the two journalists who've done the work for the series, Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty. They have logged hundreds of miles and many hundreds of hours researching, reporting and producing our stories.  Go to full article

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