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Apr 23, 2014 — Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some plaintiffs file hundreds of complaints a year, collecting a living off small businesses that aren't compliant with the ADA. Small business advocates and community leaders say they focus on minority businesses because they make for easier targets.
Apr 23, 2014 — The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.
Apr 23, 2014 — President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.
Apr 23, 2014 — High unemployment and the growing use of meth and other drugs have fueled an explosion of property crimes. Amid cuts to law enforcement, community watch groups are cropping up to fill the vacuum.
Apr 23, 2014 — Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.
Typical Surgery Room Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Typical Surgery Room Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Surgeon accused of slapping sleeping patients

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Federal investigators say a Syracuse surgeon often slapped anesthetized patients on the buttocks and insulted them before surgery.  Go to full article

Call-in: the future of the North Country prison industry

Guests include Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess, a former inmate who spent time in North Country prisons and now works as a youth counselor and activist. We also hear from Donn Rowe, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guard union, who has fought to keep North Country prisons open. And we hear from Donald Bilow, a town supervisor from Chateaugay, where the prison is due to close in July.

Prison Time Media Project reporters Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty, and NCPR News Director Martha Foley, along with guests take calls and questions from listeners.  Go to full article

21 people arrested for cheating on drivers test

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says 21 people have been charged with cheating on their commercial driver's license test.

Scott, along with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, charged the group of people on Tuesday as part of a cheating ring first revealed in September.  Go to full article

NY court throws out disorderly conduct case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's highest court has thrown out the disorderly conduct arrest of a man standing with three others near the entrance of a Harlem deli who refused to...  Go to full article

Audit: special ed contractor overbilled state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new audit suggests a New York City special education contractor overcharged the state by more than $875,000.

The audit released Wednesday by...  Go to full article
Martha Foley, left, with Natasha Haverty and Brian Mann, talk about the Prison Time Media Project.

North Country prison industry transforming, shrinking

Over the last sixteen months, North Country Public Radio has broadcast a series of stories, reports and interviews looking at America's era of mass incarceration.
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Second buried body found on Stockholm property

STOCKHOLM, N.Y. (AP) State police say they've uncovered a second set of human remains buried on the property of a missing northern New York couple.

Investigators...  Go to full article
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Car stopped in Queensbury held 500 bags of heroin

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) State police say a Vermont man and two people from New Jersey have been charged after troopers say they found hundreds of bags of heroin inside a...  Go to full article
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NY DWI checkpoints for St. Patrick's Day weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are cracking down on drinking and driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that...  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont bill pushes toward drug treatment, not jail

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill designed to keep low-risk drug offenders out of jail and get them treatment instead.
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