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Sep 1, 2014 — The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.
Sep 1, 2014 — Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.
Aug 29, 2014 — The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.
Aug 29, 2014 — News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.
Aug 29, 2014 — A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.

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 border in the Newport, Jay, and Troy areas. The group says it wants to draw attention to gaps in border security. Protestors had hoped to attract 100 people to the Derby Line green. Organizer Leah Siegel of Burlington told the Associated Press the demonstration was to oppose what she called the Minutemens' "rascist agenda". The Minutemen say they're coming to Massena this coming weekend. As David Sommerstein reports, the border patrol is downplaying their arrival.  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, including the case of a doctor who surrendered his medical license rather than face charges for overprescribing drugs. David Sommerstein reports.  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 Leahy, says Miers was not on the list of acceptable nominees he gave to the White House, and he doubts Miers could be confirmed as quickly as Republicans hope. Martha Foley has more.  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

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...  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...  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...  Go to full article

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