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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.
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.
Aug 29, 2014 — For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

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 prompted the officers' union to call for a policy change regarding inmates with disciplinary violations.  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 network in Louisiana that failed during Hurricane Katrina. State officials say New York's radio network will be built to withstand natural and manmade disasters. The project comes as North Country counties struggle to improve radio service for local emergency crews. As Brian Mann reports, the big hurdles are mountains, environmental regulations, and the lack of coordination between different agencies.  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 racially tinged language during a trial, and for taking a 17-year-old defendant to his home after another trial. Pennington says he will appeal, but this isn't the first time he's been censured by the commission.  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

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

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