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Republican Dan Stec (left) and Democrat Kimberly Davis
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The two candidates running to replace retiring long-time state Senator Betty Little in New York’s 45th district debated at Mountain Lake PBS this week.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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The mayor of Plattsburgh lost June’s Democratic primary, setting up a two-way general election campaign between the winner —   Area Nine Clinton County Legislator Chris Rosenquest — and Republican Scott Beebie, a retired police lieutenant. Last week, the two debated at Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and has this report.

MLPBS Workforce Development Panel
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This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh held a forum on the needs and challenges of workforce development as the region’s manufacturing sector expands.

"Problems with Plastics" panel
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In the last year or so many people have become familiar with microbeads — the microscopic abrasive balls in cosmetic and other cleansing products that experts say harm the environment.  Hundreds of millions of the microbeads have been flushed into the nation’s waterways and researchers are studying their impact on fisheries and the food chain. This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh taped a forum on the environmental hazards of microbeads. The scientists also pointed out that microfibers are harming the region’s waterways.

Host Thom Hallock with panel discussing NY minimum wage issues
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With national calls to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to lead  by example. He’s imposing the wage raise in some sectors and pushing for the increase in others. Mountain Lake Public Television held a panel discussion recently on the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage. 

Picture of Heroin Forum logo
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Considered a scourge across the Northeast that doesn’t discriminate, heroin has wrecked many lives and become a public health crisis. Last night, a panel of experts and advocates discussed heroin and opioid addiction as part of a forum that will air later this week on Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

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The public television station in Plattsburgh brought together a panel of law enforcement, health care officials and legislators to discuss the rise in heroin use and addiction in New York’s North Country. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the participants in the “New Face of Heroin” panel.