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Aug 1, 2014 — The decision was a technical one. The court said there was no quorum when Parliament voted on the measure, which made some acts of homosexuality punishable with life in prison.
Aug 1, 2014 — Also: Snowden's disclosures may have affected terrorists' behavior; a report says former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will resign soon; and the FAA is limiting U.S. flights over Iraq.
Jul 31, 2014 — The law, championed by Gov. Scott Walker, sparked mass protests in the state capitol and attracted national attention. The decision gives Walker an important election-year victory.
Jul 31, 2014 — Placing prosecutors in a neighborhood instead of a courtroom is a different kind of "law and order." A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime.
Jul 30, 2014 — New legislation in Bolivia will allow children as young as 10 to work. Critics say the law will keep kids out of school, but supporters argue that children are working anyway — and need protection.
Homes in the village of Chateaugay. The prison there will close on July 26th. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Homes in the village of Chateaugay. The prison there will close on July 26th. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How prison closures could be a good thing for the North Country

This week we visited the town of Chateaugay, and heard from people there about what's it been like to lose their local prison.

Over the past year, the community fought to keep the Chateaugay Correctional Facility open, organizing rallies at home and with legislators in Albany, arguing that the state would be turning its back on Chateaugay if it went forward with its plans to mothball the prison.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse, built in 1893. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence County DA disputes call for special prosecutor

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says she'll defend what she calls her obligation to conduct a grand jury probe into use of county money.

Her comments come after a state judge appeared to put the probe on hold while he determines whether a special prosecutor should replace her.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.

Bail hearing continues in Garrett Phillips murder case

Yesterday afternoon, the bail hearing for Oral "Nick" Hillary continued in St Lawrence County court. Hillary is charged with the 2011 murder of Garrett Phillips, a 12-year-old boy from Potsdam. Hillary has been held at the St Lawrence County jail for more than two months, since his original arraignment hearing.

But at the end of yesterday's proceedings which went for more than three hours,, Judge Jerome Richards did not announce his decision on whether to release Hillary, and telling the court that he needed more time to look things over and that he would be mailing his decision.  Go to full article
District attorney Mary Rain (right) during her campaign last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence DA asks county judge to disqualify himself

There were more legal twists involving St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain's probe into two county spending issues Monday.

At the start of court in...  Go to full article
Brenda Brue was a nurse at the prison. She was a big voice in the fight to keep the prison open and she says she really loved her job.

When a North Country prison closes, what happens to the town?

This morning, we visit a community that for the past year has been fighting to keep its local prison. Chateaugay Correctional Facility is just a few blocks outside of the...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.

High-level legal feud escalates in St. Lawrence County

A legal feud between two prominent St. Lawrence County officials continues to escalate.

Days after being served a subpoena to deliver 10 years of financial...  Go to full article
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz

After two months, Hillary bail hearing set to resume

The bond hearing for Oral "Nick" Hillary is set to continue in St Lawrence County Court Monday. Hillary is charged with the 2011 murder of Garrett Phillips, a 12-year-old boy...  Go to full article
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Prosecutors: Northern NY hospital to pay $750,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a hospital in northern New York has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it submitted 1,900 improper Medicare...  Go to full article

Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in.

Police say Willy B. Levitt...  Go to full article

NY to add $3B windfall to state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is poised to collect nearly $3.3 billion from a recent settlement with France's largest bank for violating U.S. trade sanctions and conducting...  Go to full article

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