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Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country economy: start-ups and data hub?

There are dozens of economic development agencies and strategies in the North Country. Now, there's another. CenterState CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group, spent two years studying a 12 county region that includes St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties, as well as Syracuse and the Finger Lakes. They want to bring high-tech business to the region.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest Preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO spent big on Forest Preserve land swap

NYCO Minerals spent more than half a million dollars to win support for a controversial land swap with the state approved by voters statewide last week. That's according to financial disclosure statements the Willsboro-based mining company filed with the state Board of Elections in the months and days leading up to the vote on Proposition 5.

Proposition 5 gives NYCO the right to mine a 200-acre tract in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in exchange for 1,500 acres elsewhere that will be added to the Forest Preserve.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Who will run against Cuomo in 2014?

Now that this year's elections are over, the political world is gearing up for the 2014 contestsGovernor Cuomo is expected to seek another term, and so far no one has...  Go to full article
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa...  Go to full article