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NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office

Owens cautious on Obama's agenda

Democratic congressman Bill Owens reacted cautiously to much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night.

Speaking with North Country Public Radio, Owens questioned whether Obama's approach to gun control could make communities safer without violating 2nd amendment rights.

Owens also expressed reservations about the idea of raising the Federal minimum wage, because of objections from small business owners.

But Owens told Brian Mann that he does think some kind of bipartisan accord is possible on the thorny issue of illegal immigration.  Go to full article

Will "end of life" legislation pass in the VT Senate?

The Vermont state Senate is debating "end of life" legislation this week - physician-assisted suicide. They're deciding whether terminally ill patients with less than 6 months to live can request a prescription for medicine they can self-administer end their lives. It's generated vigorous debate in the Senate and beyond.  Go to full article

Ice slides a thrill at Ottawa's Winterlude

Winter has been a cooperative partner for Ottawa's winter carnival. Plenty of snow, ice, and temperatures mostly below freezing have kept the main events in fine form. This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy Winterlude in Canada's capital.
The Rideau skating canal is a huge crowd pleaser. But so are more than a dozen ice slides carved into huge mountains of snow in Jacques Cartier park. There are kiddie slides and long, wide chutes that half a dozen people can slide down together.
Two years ago, David Sommerstein and friends brought along a gaggle of kids. He sampled the slides, the sounds, and the crowds.  Go to full article
Photo: Emma Jacobs

New York delays fracking decision again

A February deadline on New York's process to allow hydro fracking will be missed, with Governor Cuomo's Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an on...  Go to full article
The cast of <i>The Philadelphia Story</i>.  The Grasse River Players' winter production opens Thursday night in Canton. Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "The Philadelphia Story"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Grasse River Players will present a love story as part of Canton's Winterfest celebration this weekend. "The Philadelphia Story", the...  Go to full article

Wednesday's news briefs from the Associated Press

Obama Travels to NC to rally support of jobs plan. Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress. NY schools name theater after Pete, Toshi Seeger. NY assembly GOP...  Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. In his letter, Dr. Nirav Shah says some other states didn't seriously study health concerns before allowing hydrofracking. Photo: Marie Cusick

NYS fracking health study won't make its deadline

It looks like the decision on whether to allow large-scale hydraulic fracturing in New York state will probably be delayed. In a letter this afternoon, State Health...  Go to full article
AMPA advocates for the rights of partners and spouses of same-sex couples in the military.

How same-sex military couples feel about benefits news

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, some spousal benefits will be given to...  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens wants incremental approach to gun control

As gun control talks continue in Washington, the North Country's representative in the House thinks Congress should tread carefully on a matter he says has far-reaching...  Go to full article
Josh Fox (left) is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 anti-fracking documentary, <em>Gasland</em>. Pro-fracking film-maker Phelim McAleer, is the producer of <em>Fracknation</em>. The two met briefly outside a NY Senate hearing. Photos: Karen DeWitt.

Fracking filmmakers dispute at the Capitol

Dueling pro- and anti-fracking filmmakers were in Albany for screenings and promotions for their films Monday, as they await a decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on whether...  Go to full article
F-35A fighters such as these may be in use by the Vermont Air National Guard.

VT rep pushes back against F-35 jet at Burlington

The Air Force is considering basing its new fighter jet, the F-35, at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington airport. The plan has encountered fierce...  Go to full article
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