Opting Out: Tens of thousands of students across New York State sit out the first round of standardized testing tied to the Common Core curriculum as many parents look to send the Governor and lawmakers a message. Many parents and teachers are unhappy with the new learning standards, the large number of tests that go with it, and that the Governor wants a larger percentage of students’ test scores to be used as part of a revamped system to evaluate teachers.
Church Fire: A fire heavily damages a beloved Greek Orthodox church in Montreal.
Congresswoman Stefanik On Trains/Olympic Bid: We talk with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik about speeding up Amtrak service across the Northern Border and a possible bid by Lake Placid and New York State to host another Winter Olympics.
Severe Weather Storm: Weather and Emergency Services experts are gathering for a community forum on how to better prepare for severe weather and disaster preparedness, and why the state’s new weather detection system may help forecast extreme weather conditions. Watch our Extended Roundtable interview by clicking here.
Pre-register to attend the Severe Weather Forum on April 23, 2015 at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Angell Center from 9:30am - 11:30am by visiting SUNY Plattsburgh’s Emergency Management website: plattsburgh.edu/emergency.
New Lease On Life: One of the casualties of severe flooding in 2011 on the lakefront in Plattsburgh has been sold and may have another buyer waiting in the wings with plans to redevelop the Lakeview Apartments Complex that has become an eyesore.
Sugar Finds New Home: We told you a few weeks ago about D.J. O’Neill, a dentist and pilot from Saranac Lake, who donates his time to fly rescue missions across the country to save dogs from high-kill shelters. The dog he flew to Vermont the day we did the story, Sugar, a loveable St. Bernard, has found a new home with a family in Central Vermont. The shelter that arranged to fly Sugar to Vermont says it has several other rescue dogs in need of a new home. You can visit their “Save Our Strays” page on Pet-Finder by clicking here, or send an e-mail to Lisa and Roy Haynes in Richmond, Vermont by clicking here.