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Here’s your handy primary day primer

Today is the Democratic national primary, when registered Democrats can choose their delegates to the party’s national convention and also vote for their preferred presidential candidates. All the presidential candidates except Joe Biden have dropped out of the race, conceding the party ...

Museum to remove Teddy Roosevelt statue decried as white supremacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The bronze statue that has stood at ...

Stefanik gets shout-out from Trump at Tulsa rally

TULSA, Okla. — President Donald Trump launched his comeback rally Saturday by defining the upcoming election as a stark choice between national heritage and left-wing radicalism. But his intended show of political force amid a pandemic featured thousands of empty seats and new coronavirus ...

Democratic presidential primary set for Tuesday

New York’s rescheduled, off-again and on-again Democratic presidential primary will finally take place on Tuesday. Although former Vice President Joe Biden has secured the delegates to become the nominee, Democrats in New York state will have 11 presidential candidates from which to ...

Governor ends daily COVID-19 briefings

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrapped up a string of more than 100 daily briefings that became appointment viewing around the nation, alternatively informative, grave, jocular and combative, by declaring Friday that New York has “done the impossible” in taming the coronavirus. Cuomo ...

Trump crowd grows, clashes with protesters ahead of rally

TULSA, Okla. — A gathering of supporters of President Donald Trump grew larger Friday and verbally clashed with opponents of the president outside a 19,000-seat arena in the city’s downtown where he plans to speak this weekend. Trump’s scheduled rally Saturday night in a city with a ...

Stefanik to speak at Trump event

President Donald Trump’s rallies are starting back up, with a campaign event Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik is opening for him. Stefanik, along with other Republican lawmakers — including Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan — will be ...

Court rejects Trump bid to end protections for young immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, the second stunning election-season rebuke from the court in a week after its ruling that it’s illegal to fire people because they’re gay or ...

Jean Kennedy Smith dies at 92; last surviving sibling of JFK

Jean Kennedy Smith, who was the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and who as a U.S. ambassador played a key role in the peace process in Northern Ireland, has died, relatives said Thursday. She was 92. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Smith’s nephew, confirmed her ...

Trump order ‘an important first step,’ Stefanik says

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, called President Donald Trump’s executive order on police reform “an important first step” when asked if it went far enough given the outcry following the death of George Floyd. The order, among other ...

Justices rule LGBT people protected from job bias

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil ...

Senate OKs full board for APA

The state Adirondack Park Agency now has a full board for the first time in a while, after the state Senate approved seven nominations — four new and three returning — from Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday. The new board members are Zoe Smith of Saranac Lake, assistant director of the ...

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about 75-year-old Buffalo protester

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ignited fresh controversy over his hard-line “law and order” push Tuesday by peddling yet another unfounded conspiracy theory, this time trying to raise suspicions about a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being shoved by police and ...

Owens endorses Tedra Cobb for Congress

As former North Country Congress member Bill Owens officially endorsed fellow Democrat Tedra Cobb for his old job Tuesday, a spokesperson for incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik responded by calling Cobb “anti-police, anti-military, pro-rioters and looters.” Cobb has not made any public ...

3 incumbents vie for Lake Placid school board

LAKE PLACID — Three incumbents are running for reelection to the Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education this year. Joan Hallet-Valentine, Daniel Marvin and Jeffrey Brownell are seeking to retain their school board seats for another term. They face no ...

When protesters cry ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

WASHINGTON — Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become a rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as soft on crime. ...

Absentee deadline is extended until June 23 election day

The deadline to submit absentee ballots to vote in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary has been extended until the day of the election. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order Sunday is the latest in a stream of changes to this year’s voting process during the coronavirus ...

3 school board seats, 3 candidates in Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — There are three board seats open for election this year, and three candidates — two incumbents, one returning after a hiatus — are running to fill them. Wayne Davison and board Vice President Jason Rolley are running for reelection. Dawn Hughes, who has sat on the ...

Stec disappointed in grad guidlines

QUEENSBURY — New York Assemblyman Dan Stec is not satisfied with the state’s guidelines for graduation ceremonies, saying there are other, more traditional methods to hold graduations while still staying safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The state guidance, announced Thursday, allows ...