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Federal prison officials have packed more beds into wards at correctional facilities to house rising inmate populations. Photo: US BOP via GAO)
Federal prison officials have packed more beds into wards at correctional facilities to house rising inmate populations. Photo: US BOP via GAO)

Will sequester make Federal prisons less safe?

The sequester is upon us and Federal workers at facilities are bracing for across-the-board cuts that begin phasing in tomorrow. Tensions are particularly high in the country's Federal prison system.

Two different congressional reports released in the last year found that inmate overcrowding at Federal prisons like the one in Ray Brook, near Saranac Lake,
has already made it difficult for guards to maintain safety behind bars.

Attorney General Eric Holder says furloughing more corrections officers could make safety problems even worse.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens: most people will feel pain of sequester

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says the impact of cuts at the federal prison in Ray Brook is on his mind. He says officials there will have some discretion as far as where to cut. "I'm counting on management in those circumstances," says Owens, "to make sure that they do their furloughing in such a way that they do manage this for the safety of the officers and obviously the prisoners."

Owens held a telephone press conference yesterday afternoon to discuss the impacts of the across-the-board federal cuts known as the sequester. The Democrat says the standoff in Washington may only change if the public feels some pain.  Go to full article
James Lytle of Horseheads at the Feb. 28, 2013 anti-gun control rally in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Thousands Join Anti-Gun Control Rally in Albany

A rally against New York's newly enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the State Capitol in recent decades.  Go to full article
A sapbucket at Newton's Sugarbush. Photo: Todd Moe

Sugaring season is underway

It may not feel like spring outside yet, but it's coming. The days are getting longer, the sun is higher in the sky, and the sap buckets are out.

Jeffrey Jenness...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir singing in Gunnison Chapel. Photo: SLU

Singing, swaying with the SLU Community Gospel Choir

The sweet sounds of the St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir filled Gunnison Chapel in Canton this morning during The 8 o'clock Hour. Members of the...  Go to full article
<i>Witness: Real Women and Strength</i> will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins

Preview: SLU student play examines women's health issues

Women are consistently rendering images from the media of the "ideal" body type. This has driven women to sacrifice their natural shape with unhealthy practices. Abigail Moss...  Go to full article

Canton students talk about a 500-page novel

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, is the subject on the latest edition of the Readers & Writers book club. We had nine Canton students, two teachers and Betsy Kepes, our NCPR...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.  Go to full article
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

What the sequester means for Fort Drum, North Country

The across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester are set to kick in Friday, if there's no agreement between Congress and the president. That means a big...  Go to full article
Phil Brown paddles near the confluence of Shingle Shanty Brook and the Mud Pond outlet in May 2009. Photo: Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer, used by permission

Story 2.0: Paddlers crack open more routes in Adks

This week, a state Supreme Court judge ruled that a back country canoe route in the wilds of Hamilton County is "navigable in fact." It was another victory for paddlers, who...  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: <a href="">Governor Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr

What's holding back the state budget?

With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal.  Go to full article
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