Happy Aug. 10, y'all!
Here's what's up in and about the north country.
Few answers for St. Lawrence County towns.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs so-called rational tuition plan into law.
Verizon says striking union workers may have sabotaged phone lines, causing outages in the north country.
Your tax dollars at work (in the Hudson Valley)
A state authority OK'ed a deal to send money from the Black River to the Hudson River parts of a state authority. My giant head/self appears at 0:14 in this story. Also, if you're interested in how geography affects journalism, check out Albany's angle.
In the north country, which I believe is probably the pickup-truck capital of the world, this story will probably be important.
National Popular Vote
California did what state Sen. Joe Griffo was unable to do (because Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver didn't want to, I'm told): it approved a plan to send its electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote nationwide.
Harry Reid makes his picks. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand didn't make the cut.
The State Department is critical of new settlements. Rep. Bill Owens is in Israel now.
Republicans lost two seats, but not control of the state Senate there.
Mr. Cuomo is looking into the possibility of legalizing non-Indian casinos in the state, a move sure to anger the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in St. Lawrence County.
The stock market had a late rally yesterday, but as this New York Post cover so deftly and tastefully explains, they were up and down all day. We'll see what happens today.
The rally came on the heels of an announcement from the Fed that interest rates would stay at historic lows until 2013.
Thanks, but no thanks
Kansas is returning a $31.5 million grant that was part of President Obama's health care overhaul.
The gas industry is pushing back on Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's newest proposal.
NNY post offices received their notifications of closure.