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Jul 24, 2014 — A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Jul 23, 2014 — In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.
Jul 23, 2014 — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.
Jul 23, 2014 — The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.
Jul 22, 2014 — One U.S. appeals court panel tossed out federal subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, while another three-judge panel affirmed them. The issue has the potential to gut the health care overhaul.

How the Prison Time Media Project was born

NCPR's Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann is in Washington, DC for an awards ceremony tomorrow where reporting from NCPR's Prison Time Media Project will receive honors.

For more than a year Brian and Natasha Haverty have been digging deep into the culture of incarceration and fallout from the laws that launched the "war on drugs" back in the 1970s.

Brian talks with Todd Moe about how and why the project was started.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. Photo: Office of the Sheriff, St. Lawrence County

Proposal to un-crowd county jails waits in the Assembly

Today is set to be the last day of New York's legislative session. Two bills in front of the Assembly, put forth by State Sen. Patty Ritchie, aim to ease overcrowding in our region's county jails. The bills would require the Department of Corrections to assume responsibility for men and women caught violating parole within ten days of receiving their violation warrant. Richie says too many of those men and women are instead held in county jails, at local taxpayers' expense.  Go to full article
Michael Powers, speaking at a rally in Albany to save the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Photo from Powers' website, used by permission

North Country corrections officer could be next to lead the union

Next month, New York will close four more of its prisons. Among them: Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County. The closures come as part of Governor Cuomo's pledge to "reduce the madness of an incarceration society." And the Department of Corrections has reported empty beds in their prisons--they estimate the recent series of closures will save taxpayers $184 million.

The loudest voices fighting to keep those prisons open are members of New York's prison guard union--NYSCOPBA--which is set to elect their next president next month. One of frontrunners in the race to head up the union hails from the North Country.  Go to full article
Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: New York State Senate

Untranslated tapes could stall NY corruption trial

NEW YORK (AP) The corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two others may be stalled due to 300 untranslated Yiddish recordings. The New York Times says federal...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Andrew Bardwell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Senate passes tougher drunk driving penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Senate has passed a measure that would toughen penalties for multiple driving while intoxicated convictions.

Under the measure, a...  Go to full article

NY Senate passes bills to curb heroin scourge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Republican-led Senate has passed a series of bills to curb heroin use.

On Monday the Senate passed 23 of the 25 bills introduced last...  Go to full article

Wal-Mart shooting suspect in custody at hospital

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) State police say the suspect in the shooting of a Wal-Mart employee outside an upstate New York store is in custody after being brought to a hospital...  Go to full article

Wal-Mart worker wounded outside Queensbury store

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they're looking for a man who shot another man in the face as he sat in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in upstate New...  Go to full article

Retired Rochester cop pleads guilty in son's death at Old Forge motel

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) A retired upstate New York policeman has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of his son.

Michael Leach was...  Go to full article

Police: Biker hit 120 mph during chase in St. Lawrence County

DEKALB, N.Y. (AP) A 22-year-old man remains in a northern New York jail after authorities say he led state troopers on a chase during which his motorcycle reached 120 mph....  Go to full article

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