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Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris
Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris

Nurses protest EJ Noble dissolution

Nurses and their supporters protested outside EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur yesterday.

The financially troubled hospital is slated to close later this fall and re-emerge in a new regional healthcare partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Leaders from both hospitals say EJ Noble has been mired in debt for years. Last fall the small hospital shut down temporarily after the state Department of Health closed its lab because of safety concerns.

Two hundred-sixteen people work at EJ Noble. The protesting nurses are skeptical about the coming change, wondering what it means for their jobs.  Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye raised concerns about the sale of the nursing home. NCPR file photo

Money troubles send county nursing homes into private hands

The vast majority of the state's county-run nursing homes are losing money and facing a shaky financial future according to the findings of a new study by the Center for Governmental Research.

Essex County supervisors voted in June 2012 to sell the Horace Nye Nursing Home to a private corporation. In recent years six New York counties have sold or closed their nursing homes, and as costs continue to rise, many others are considering privatization as a solution. The new study finds mixed results after privatization.  Go to full article

Gun control fight shapes bitter Saratoga sheriff primary

Today's is primary day across New York state. There are big races in New York City and western New York.

One of the biggest contests in our region is the Republican battle for the sheriff post in Saratoga County.

Mike Zurlo, a former sheriff's lieutentnat, had been seen as the Republican frontrunner in that contest. He's been endorsed by the county GOP and by retiring sheriff James Bowen.

But he's faced a stiff challenge from Jeff Gildersleeve, a former state police
investigator who currently works for the Warren County sheriff's department.

Gildersleeve gained momentum after promising not to enforce New York's tough new gun control laws.

Brian Mann reports that the bitter Saratoga primary has emerged part of a wider debate over sheriffs and their response to the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Amphibious "Duck" (DUKW) carrying supplies and U.S. troops in 1944. Photo: U.K. <a href="">Imperial War Museum</a>

Discovery of 10th Mountain "duck," and hopes for closure

Divers in Italy have found what may be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division vehicle from World War 2 at the bottom of a lake. A so-called "duck" vehicle sank near the end...  Go to full article
Photo by Jennifer Herrick

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Imagine sitting down with your four-year-old self today and telling him or her about your future. Would that child be surprised?...  Go to full article
SLU theater professor Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead took her anti-bullying play to Queensland, Australia over the summer. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Canton playwright takes a message of peaceful schools to Australia

A St. Lawrence University theater professor took her anti-bullying play on-the-road this summer to Australia. SLU associate professor of Performance and Communication Arts...  Go to full article
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Beats & politics at A Tribe Called Red's 'Electric Pow Wow'

Two weeks from tonight, one of ten artists will win Canada's biggest music award, the Polaris Prize. Previous winners include world-renowned acts Feist, Carabou and Arcade...  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Can craft beer really boost North Country jobs?

Senator Charles Schumer and North Country congressman Bill Owens say a tax cut could boost the number of craft breweries in New York.

The two Democratic lawmakers...  Go to full article
Photo by Marie Cusick

Green groups worry about dwindling DEC budget

The Environmental Committee chairs in the legislature have proposed a $5 billion dollar environmental bond act, to be voted on in November 2014.

But, at an...  Go to full article
Aeration helps the lawn to "breathe" and to absorb moisture and nutrients. Photo: <a href="">Christian Guthier</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tips for a timely lawn tune-up

It's a busy month for gardeners. You could be canning and/or freezing your produce. You could be cleaning out the spent plants and pulling the weeds again for the off-season....  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Unions blast Cuomo "death penalty" for failing schools

The school year starts for school children in New York this week and next week. It comes amid concerns over low test scores for many of the state's students, and harsh...  Go to full article
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