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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