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Senate inaction allows NSA to keep collecting phone records

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy’s Bill to end bulk collection of Americans’ phone records fails largely due to Republican opposition, dealing a blow to Obama’s reform attempts. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans…

S.L. Chooses a Christmas Tree for Berkley Green

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If you can’t cut down a tree in the middle of summer.. Maybe no one will notice if you cut it down in the middle of winter…  That’s exactly what’s happening..  The Village of Saranac Lake voted unanimously on Monday to cut down one of three fir trees outside of the Adirondack Carousel to use for…

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Village’s Lake Flower PUDD Law Resolution on Hold

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As of Monday Night’s Special Village Board meeting in Saranac Lake, the resolution proposing the Lake Flower PUDD Law is tabled and there’s no Planned Unit Development District for developers hoping to move forward on The Lake Flower Lodge..  For Trustee Barb Rice, it’s a question of Scale, She wants to be sure that I have…

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Library Looks for Level Funding from City Council

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Councilors in the City of Plattsburgh are continuing their review of Mayor Jim Calnon’s proposed 2015 budget…  At a Work-Session on Thursday evening, the council heard presentations from the Municipal Electric Department, which is essentially self sufficient and with 98% of that budget regulated by just about every authority you can imagine from the local…

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Village Holds Special Meeting Monday on PUDD Draft Local Law

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Lake Flower Lodging LLC PUDD Draft Local Law The Saranac Lake Village Board is holding a special meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00PM in the Village Offices at 39 Main Street. During this special meeting, they will consider a resolution adopting a local law that would establish the proposed Lake Flower Planned Unit Development…

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Strand Film Festival This Weekend

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A new event is coming to The Strand Theater this weekend… It’s the inaugural Lake Champlain International Film Festival, featuring a diverse program Presented by The Strand Center for the Arts and the Plattsburgh Renewal Project, Jessica Dulle is the Executive Director at the Strand Center for the Arts.. “Highlights will include a special guest appearance…

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Emergency Services vs Free Parking in Plattsburgh

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With colder temperatures on the way, and the possibility of snow around the corner, the question of how to clear that snow from the smaller, residential streets in Plattsburgh has been one that comes up on a fairly regular basis.. This time, the question is whether or not to require alternate side of the street…

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Owens: Gridlock May Continue Even with Majority

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Congressman Bill Owens says the transition to the new congress may not provide as much activity as some expect if the 5 or 6 Republicans in the Senate don’t move closer to the center on issues and i the House, a similar issue, where close to 60 representatives will still be pushing bills to the…

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The Public Speaks on the Lake Flower Lodge “PUDD” Law

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The Saranac Lake Village Board on Monday Evening once again opened the doors of the Auditorium at the Harrietstown Town Hall in order to accommodate all of the members of the audience, many of whom not only had something to say, but had prepared written statements to then give to the board during their public…

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A Veterans Day Ceremony in Bloomingdale – Reading of the Names

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For more than 15 years, students at the Bloomingdale Elementary School have been honoring Veterans in a ceremony which includes the reading of veteran’s names along with placing posters and short paragraphs about those Veterans on the school’s bulletin boards in the main entrance next to their gym. Today we’re going to listen in on…

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Five Suspects Arrested on Drug Charges

As a result of several long-term investigations conducted by the New York State Police Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit into the sale and use of narcotics in the Clinton County area, five suspects were arrested on Clinton County Court warrants.  The State Police was assisted by Plattsburgh City Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s…

The Polar Plunge… Into Lake Champlain for Special Olympics

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The Polar Plunge at the City Beach raises more than $50,000 for the cause. Join WNBZ on Monday for the K&J show. We’ll be speaking with Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger about the Mayor’s Cup Challenge. We also hear from organizers of the event who are also working on new initiatives with our trading partners across the country.…

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SLHS Drama – “Babe” Saturday at 7pm

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The Saranac Lake High School Presents a show for children, adults and everyone in between this weekend… It’s a play called “Babe” and the cast and crew have already had one presentation.. There was a presentation on Thursday afternoon for students at Bloomingdale and Petrova Elementary schools. They opened to the public on Friday at…

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K&J – Doing Business Across the U.S. – Canadian Border

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Congressman Bill Owens appeared very comfortable in his place as host of a forum featuring a practical panel discussion with Managers and Directors of successful local businesses. The conference was held at the Holiday Inn on Thursday morning in Plattsburgh. It was attended by 95 local business leaders, members of customs and border patrol, regulatory…

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K&J – Adirondack Foundation Communications Mgr Chris Morris

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The Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake is hosting a new fundraising event called  Heat-A-Palooza.. (on Thursday Night 11/6/14) It’s a concert to benefit those struggling to heat their homes.. and as part of our series this week on philanthropy.. We wanted to find out more about the generosity of donors in the North Country so…

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Local Establishments Pass Police Alcohol Sales Checks

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On November 2, 2014, State Police conducted an Underage Drinking Initiative in Essex and Franklin Counties.  Nine retail stores were checked throughout the two counties. As part of the investigation, an underage volunteer was sent into each business in an attempt to have the clerk sell the minor alcohol. All of the premises that were checked…

K&J – Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau

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On Today’s K&J show, we’re going to look into the question of mobility for disabled persons in the village of Saranac Lake.. Our look at the issue begins in front of the Harrietstown Town Hall in the village..  We’re standing on the steps there.. The handicapped entrance to the Town Hall is actually on the South…

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Meg LeFevre wins Plattsburgh Town Council Race – Plus More Results

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The Turnout seems to have been better than may have been expected by many..  And just before 11pm, many local candidates began to either concede or claim victory.. We spoke with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey just before 11pm. She says she’s waiting to see more results from Franklin County but gave a special shout out and…

Republican Elise Stefanik Claims Victory in 21st

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With 53% of voters choosing Republican Elise Stefanik, she claims victory in the 21st district just before 11pm on Tuesday evening. During her speech, she thanked everyone who worked with her on her campaign, and she thanked all of the voters in the district for their support. Stefanik says she spoke with Aaron and Matt…

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Voter Turnout – Surprisingly Vibrant in the Adirondacks

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It looks like voter turnout in the North Country may prove to be what some inspectors suggest are numbers that may be “On pace with a Presidential election.” By the end of the workday on Tuesday, it appeared as though the numbers were going to continue on track to outpace the expectations nationally where pundits…