Gouverneur, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — The EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur remains closed, as officials work to correct problems with the hospital's lab. The New York State Department of Health closed the lab down late last week, which meant the hospital could no longer admit patients. Eighteen patients were moved to nearby hospitals, and 70 EJ Noble employees have been placed on leave.
There's concern that the longer the hospital remains closed, the less chance it has of re-opening. Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and Canton-Potsdam Hospital are both considering proposals to help. But people who live in the Gouverneur-area are worried. The nearest hospital is more than a half-an-hour's drive away.
Village officials have a date with the health department Friday to talk about possible affiliations with other North Country hospitals that might allow EJ Noble to reopen. Go to full article
Malone, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — A report released this week by the New York Civil Liberties Union calls for major reforms to the state prison system that would reduce the number of inmates held in solitary confinement or isolation.
According to the study, roughly 8% of state prisoners are being held in special isolation cells. Roughly a third of those solitary confinement cells, known as "special housing units," are located here in the North Country.
Critics say the use of solitary confinement by prison guards has spiraled out of control. Go to full article
Massena, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — The St. Regis Mohawks say the federal government's plan to clean up toxic chemicals from the Grasse River has improved, but it's still not good enough. The Alcoa aluminum plant in Massena dumped cancer-causing PCBs into the river before they were banned in the 1970s. Go to full article
Oct 04, 2012 — Native tribes' claims to ancestral lands in New York haven't fared so well recently. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially dismissed the Oneida Nation's land claim,... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — It wasn't good year for the environment in New York State, according to Environmental Advocates. In its annual voter's guide, the green coalition opted not to name legislator... Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — For the first time, Republican Matt Doheny has released an internal poll that shows him trailing Democratic congressman Bill Owens by just five percentage points in the North... Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Oct 04, 2012 — What if people gave birth to puppies, and those puppies in turn gave birth to people? That's similar to what some species, such as haircap moss, do. Each alternate generation... Go to full article