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Oil Trains: Emergency responders are working to update spill and disaster plans in response to the dramatic increase in the amount of crude oil that’s being moved by rail across the border and through Northern New York on its way to a massive tank farm at the Port of Albany. The oil, from the Bakken Shale region of North Dakota is the same highly volatile crude that triggered an explosion and massive fire last summer that wiped out much of the downtown in Lac Megantic, Quebec and killed 47 people. Both of New York’s U.S. Senators are raising safety concerns over the trains that are moving hundreds of tanker cars filled with crude through Plattsburgh and other populated communities along Lake Champlain.
Pipeline Controversy: Environmental activist Bill McKibben talks about the fight to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Watch McKibben on Moyers & Company by clicking here.
Common Core Concerns: A new poll shows just how divided New York voters are over the Common Core learning standards. Several parents are asking school districts to allow their children to skip the standardized exams in April that will test students on the Common Core curriculum.
Gettysburg Address: We’ll take you to a school that places a special emphasis on students learning the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches of all-time. It’s a yearly lesson that filmmaker Ken Burn’s has turned into his latest documentary for PBS airing on April 15th. Burns is asking Americans to record themselves reading or reciting the address. You can watch a trailer of the documentary and learn more at learntheaddress.org.
Homecoming Parades: Communities in the Adirondacks are making plans for parades and community celebrations to welcome home their Olympic heroes.
Ray Suarez Farewell: We talk with journalist Ray Suarez, a long-time friend and familiar face on Mountain Lake PBS. He’ll tell us about his decision to leave the PBS NewsHour to join the new Al Jazeera America Network. Click here to watch our extended interview including a discussion of Ray’s book, “Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation” that accompanies a PBS miniseries on the history of Latino Americans in our country.