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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 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.
Jul 24, 2014 — Ban Ki-moon called on Israel and Hamas to abide by international humanitarian law, saying there were other ways of resolving the issue than killing. More than a dozen people were killed in the attack.
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.

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 people's attitudes about people who commit sex-related crimes. More than 250 sex offenders live in St. Lawrence County. About 100 of them are supervised by the probation office. Director Francine Perretta says the survey is part of an effort to better help victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and those who live near them. She spoke with David Sommerstein. She says the survey asks people to evaluate various statements.  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 between criminal justice and mental health professionals.  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 tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports.  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

Senate Republicans Want GPS Monitoring of Some Sex Offenders

Members of the State Senate put the pressure on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to agree to let the state more closely monitor sexual predators. The Senators arranged a...  Go to full article

Assembly Revisits Rockefeller Reform

Democrats in the New York State Assembly are trying to revive reform of the Rockefeller drug laws with a new proposal that offers more treatment to non-violent drug...  Go to full article

Trucker Won?t Face Criminal Charges after Deadly Checkpoint Crash

A Canadian truck driver won't face criminal charges following a crash last September on the Northway that killed four people. The fiery accident took place at a...  Go to full article

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