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Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

McKibben: New York state should get out of the oil business

Oil tanker trains have become a major issue in the North Country. Now, Vermont-based environmental activist Bill McKibben, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, is urging New York state to get out of the oil business altogether.

McKibben, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont and founder of 350.org, wants the state Comptroller's office to stop investing state pension funds in companies and corporations involved in oil and other carbon-polluting industries.

McKibben appeared last week on the public radio program Capital Pressroom, speaking with Susan Arbetter.  Go to full article
State education commissioner John King at a forum in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used with permission
State education commissioner John King at a forum in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used with permission

What do the latest test scores tell us about common core?

Last week, New York state released the results of the latest round of public school testing linked to the Common Core education standards.

The tests were given to students in third through eighth grade and showed a measurable increase in math scores but no significant change in English language arts.  Go to full article
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsforNYGovernor">Howie Hawkins for Governor</a> on Facebook
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: Howie Hawkins for Governor on Facebook

Hawkins advocates full-time legislature and public finance of campaigns

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who is running for governor, says it's a good thing that federal prosecutors are investigating Governor Cuomo. Hawkins spoke yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo: no deal of teacher evaluation standards

Governor Andrew Cuomo says no deal has been reached yet that would separate teacher evaluations in public schools from new Common Core education standards.

Speaking yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter that he thinks a new evaluation system is needed. But with the legislative session in Albany near its end, no deal has been reached.  Go to full article
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the EPA's "Clean Power Plan" means for New York

On Monday the Environmental Protection agency introduced its ambitious new plan to combat climate change: a proposed regulation called "The Clean Power Plan" which would require fossil fuel power plants nationwide to cut their carbon emissions by nearly a third by the year 2030.  Go to full article
State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson Photo: NYS Senate
State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson Photo: NYS Senate

Lawmakers look to "close gap" on domestic violence laws

Activists and lawmakers say better protections are needed for battered men, women and children across New York. New York Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson is co-sponsor of a group of bills that supporters say will close gaps in the protection of victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Go to full article
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC

NY sues EPA over wood boiler regulations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it was necessary to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to try to get better national rules governing wood boiler furnaces.

Schneiderman spoke yesterday on the program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

School starts, Common Core continues

North Country schools are back in session this week. And districts across the state are continuing to implement Common Core, New York's state's new and challenging curriculum.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: Bobamnertiopsis, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adk town tries "white space" approach to broadband

New York state and private companies investing tens of millions of dollars in the North Country in an effort to bring broadband internet connections to some of the region's most remote, rural areas.

In March, the state announced that $200,000 will go to the town of Thurman in Warren County to help develop a kind of far-reaching wi-fi connection known as "white space."

Evelyn Wood, town supervisor in Thurman, and David Salway, head of New York's Broadband Program Office, appeared yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom to talk about the project.

They spoke with host Curtis Schick.  Go to full article

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