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Israel Keyes. Photo: FBI
Israel Keyes. Photo: FBI

FBI: Serial killer's victims number "less than 12"

FBI officials now say the serial killer who spent time in the North Country and in Vermont may have murdered as many as eleven people.

Israel Keyes committed suicide eight days ago in a prison cell in Anchorage, Alaska. He left behind troubling questions about his activities in our region, and the identities of his possible victims.  Go to full article
Chandler Ralph, Adirondack Health President and CEO.

Adirondack Health adds to string of hospital layoffs

Another North Country hospital is laying off employees. Adirondack Health, which owns hospitals, nursing homes and health clinics in the Tri-Lakes area, announced Friday that it's cutting 17 jobs to help close a $3 million budget shortfall.

Adirondack Health is one of several health care organizations across the North Country to announce layoffs in recent months. Last week, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg announced it was laying off six employees and had eliminated a total of nine positions.

Last month, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburgh laid off 17 employees. Also last month, Glens Falls Hospital announced it was eliminating 29 positions and reducing five other employees to part-time hours.

Adirondack Health officials attributed the shortfall to a drop-off in inpatient volume and declining reimbursements.  Go to full article
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Ed policy group plans report, conferences on NY funding

As parents, students, and school officials in Canton and Potsdam Central schools gear up a full-scale lobbying effort to increase state funding, an education policy group is set to release two reports on the status of education funding in New York state.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail

Fracking may be approved by February

The Cuomo Administration could be headed toward approval of hydraulic fracturing in New York by the end of February, when a 90-day extension on a rule making process ends.  Go to full article
Rev. Al Sharpton is among those criticizing the new Senate coalition on the grounds that it doesn't any black or Hispanic senators. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slydeone/">Eric Wilson</a> CC<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>

Senate coalition takes heat over lack of minorities

The newly formed coalition in the Senate is facing some heat from African American leaders, who says blacks and Hispanics have been left out.  Go to full article
Christmas tree farm. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunaspin/">looseends</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved

Tips on Christmas trees

It's the thick of Christmas tree season. The Associated Press reported this morning that New York tree farms are having a great year, with more people buying their trees from...  Go to full article
Director Bruce Hansen conducts the Goldenaires, as Chris Riordan (blue shirt) sits in the front row. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Barbershop chorus is longtime Canton tradition

The Canton Goldenaires have been singing four-part harmonies for fifty years now. They're a chorus, not a quartet, but their sound is very much what you'd expect from a...  Go to full article