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Apr 17, 2014 — Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S. But then, a decades-old run-in with the law led to his deportation. Does his story show the system failing or working?
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Apr 16, 2014 — U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the state's ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy "invalid and unconstitutional."

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article

North Country Prison Guards Face Tough Choices

Communities in the North Country are bracing for a round of job cuts that could force more than 160 corrections officers to transfer out of the region. State prisons in Cape Vincent, Watertown, and Ogdensburg are expected to lose jobs. A minimum security facility in Saratoga County is expected to close altogether after the state budget is approved this spring. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Harcrow, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guards' union. Harcrow is on the road, talking with officers who may have to leave home to find work.  Go to full article

Pyramid Scheme in Lewis County & Watertown

A pyramid scheme called "Freeway International" has bilked a dozen people in Lewis County and Watertown out of half a million dollars, according to the state attorney general's office. Assistant Attorney General John Sullivan says an investigation into Liberty Christian Church in Watertown unearthed the illegal scam. Another pyramid scheme called Women Empowering Women ripped through the North Country in 2001. Sullivan says the details of Freeway International differ but the result is the same.

Call 315-785-2444 if you have information about any pyramid schemes.  Go to full article

NY High Court Overturns Mateo Death Sentence

The State's highest court has for the third time thrown out a death penalty conviction--this time it was in the case of Angel Mateo a Rochester man convicted of murder. ...  Go to full article

Mahmood Case Nears Resolution

Last summer, North Country Public Radio reported on the case of Ansar Mahmood, a Pakistani immigrant living in the Hudson valley. Mahmood was detained shortly after 9/11 on...  Go to full article

Filming the Frozen River

Filming for the short movie Frozen River wraps up tonight and tomorrow along the St. Lawrence River on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Written and directed by an...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Smuggling Update

Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile...  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and...  Go to full article

From Heroin To Hope In The North Country

In 2001, according to the latest survey, more than four hundred people in the North Country sought help for heroin and other opiate addiction. In many parts of the region,...  Go to full article

Newest Member of NY's Highest Court Sworn In

The state's newest Court of Appeals judge was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony attended by Governor George Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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