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Jul 29, 2014 — A federal judge struck down the city's ban on carrying handguns in public. The latest ruling follows a Supreme Court decision in 2008 that overturned the city's blanket ban on handgun ownership.
Jul 29, 2014 — A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.
Jul 29, 2014 — A clerk in Concord recently refused to sell liquor to a resident of the nation's capital because state law says licenses from other states can be used to buy booze, and Washington isn't a state.
Jul 28, 2014 — A lower court's ruling that threw out a Virginia law has been upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling quickly led North Carolina to drop its defense of its own ban.
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.

News Analysis: Senate's Rural Bent Aids Roberts' Confirmation

Senators Chuck Schumer from New York and Patrick Leahy from Vermont, both Democrats, have taken leading rolls this week in the John Roberts confirmation hearings. Despite their reservations, it's considered a foregone conclusion that the Senate will approve Roberts as the next Chief Justice. Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann has been working this year on a special project, studying the influence of rural America on national politics. In this morning's news analysis, Brian says the outcome of the Roberts confirmation is shaped to a surprising degree by a rural bias hardwired into the Senate's composition.
     Welcome to the Homeland Brian Mann's book on rural American politics will be published next year by Steerforth Press.  Go to full article

NYRA Federal Indictment Dismissed

A federal indictment against the New York Racing Association has been dismissed, after a court appointed federal monitor reported that NYRA has reformed many of its past practices. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Sheriff Warns of Gas Theft

The skyrocketing gas prices are uncharted territory. There are more questions than answers. For example, older mechanical gas pumps aren't calibrated to handle the three dollar-plus prices. On Wednesday, St. Lawrence County's Department of Weights and Measures authorized some stations to sell gas by the half-gallon until they can update the control mechanisms on their pumps. Law enforcement agencies are warning the gas prices could cause more crime. Gas drive-offs are up. And the St. Lawrence County sheriff is warning people to lock their gas tanks, especially bulk tanks on farms. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

County Surveys Attitudes on Sex Offenders

If you live in St. Lawrence County, you may be getting a phone call to talk about sex offenders. The county's probation office is conducting a phone survey to find out...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh to Launch Mental Health Court

Plattsburgh is launching a new mental health court, the first in the region. The court will be for misdemeanor offenders. The new concept court will be a collaborative effort...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Co. Mulls Sales Tax Hike for Jail

A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales...  Go to full article

North Country Girl Found Dead, Quebec Suspect Arrested

A girl who spent much of her childhood in Mooers in northern Clinton County, was found dead yesterday. 16-year-old Shanna Poissant was located by Canadian police near a bike...  Go to full article

DA Race Shapes Up in St. Lawrence County

The district attorney race in St. Lawrence County is set. Last week, Democrats endorsed court attorney Nicole Duve to face acting district attorney Gary Miles. Miles is a...  Go to full article

Stiffer Penalties for Meth Labs

Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a powerful stimulant. It's manufactured from a number of readily available products, like over-the-counter cold medicine and common...  Go to full article

"Biggest" Drug Bust in North Country History

Federal authorities say ecstasy and cocaine seized near on the U-S Canada border on Monday could be worth more than 8 million dollars. Two Quebec men were arrested in Mooers...  Go to full article

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