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Aug 27, 2014 — Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.
Aug 25, 2014 — A federal court will hear arguments Monday on whether Kansas and Arizona can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote. It's the first of a wave of voting law cases this fall.
Aug 23, 2014 — The White House says it will look at federal programs begun after Sept. 11, 2001, that have given local law enforcement military-grade weapons and equipment.
Aug 23, 2014 — In the wake of the protests in Ferguson, law enforcement officials around the country are trying to figure out how to lay the groundwork for peaceful collaborations between police and citizens.
Aug 22, 2014 — The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, the Government Accountability Office says.

After GOP Rift, Essex DA Race Turns Ugly

The Essex County district attorney race has been ugly and controversial. Independent and Conservative candidate Debra Whitson from Willsboro lost the Republican primary but decided to stay in the race. She has since accused her Republican rival of once living with a drug dealer. The GOP's candidate, Julie Garcia from Schroon Lake, says the claim is false and has announced plans to sue Whitson for defamation of character. The race was first thrown into turmoil last spring when Republicans declined to endorse veteran DA Ron Briggs. Ed Forbes is editor of the Lake Placid News. The weekly paper's latest issue has an in depth report on the Essex County race. He tells Brian Mann that the divisive campaign reflects deep divisions within the GOP.  Go to full article

DA Hopefuls Spar Over Experience, Prescription Drugs

The candidates for St. Lawrence County District Attorney are entering the home stretch of what could be a closely contested race. Acting DA Gary Miles is running on the Republican ticket, even though he's a Democrat. He face a strong challenge from Democratic candidate Nicole Duvé. As David Sommerstein reports, the campaign has been a bitter one, with controversy surrounding a crackdown on prescription drugs.  Go to full article

Arsonist Hits Adirondack Camps

Last month, an arsonist set fire to another historic hunting cabin owned by the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. The Club owns more than fifty thousand acres in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties. The organization, with four hundred members, is seventh-largest landowner inside the blue line. Since 2000, six of their most remote cabins have burned mysteriously. The Club's general manager, Egan Willard, spoke with Brian Mann. He says there have been two attacks this year.

Anyone with information can call the state police in Herkimer at 315-866-7275. State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are also investigating an unrelated case of possible arson in Franklin County, where two bridges were damaged on the former Champion timberlands.  Go to full article

Border Patrol Downplays Minutemen

Civilian border watchers and their critics gathered on the Vermont border with Canada over the weekend. Between 6 and 10 volunteers for the Minuteman Project monitored the...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence DA Candidates Face Off

The two candidates for district attorney in St. Lawrence County faced off in a debate last week. Republican Gary Miles and Democrat Nicole Duve clashed over several issues,...  Go to full article

Democrats Ready to Question Supreme Court Nominee Miers

Some Democrats aren't willing to give Harriet Miers a quick go-ahead to sit on the Supreme Court. The top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, Vermont's Patrick...  Go to full article

Prisoner Assaults Two COs at Great Meadow

A prisoner attacked and injured two corrections officers at a maximum security prison near Glens Falls Monday morning. As David Sommerstein reports, the incident has...  Go to full article

Region Fights Barriers to Emergency Communications

New York State will pay a Massachusetts company $2 billion to build a statewide emergency communications system. The same company, Macom Incorporated, developed parts of the...  Go to full article

Alex Bay Judge Resigns After Censure

A judge in Alexandria Bay has resigned following censure by a state commission. The commission recommended that Judge Charles Pennington be removed from the bench for using...  Go to full article

Pataki, Spitzer: Increase Staff to Stop Medicaid Fraud, Waste

Governor Pataki's second in command at the state health department says he's working hard to combat Medicaid fraud. He blamed a newspaper and members of the legislature for...  Go to full article

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