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Jul 23, 2014 — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.
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St. Lawrence County's aging jail
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers.  Go to full article

An Old Jail Outlives Its Usefulness

The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon.  Go to full article

Survivors of Attica Uprising Happy with Settlement

Survivors of the Attica Prison uprising and the families of Attica victims say they've gotten nearly everything they wanted in a settlement offered by Governor George Pataki. Members of the group "Forgotten Victims of Attica" spoke at a meeting in Batavia yesterday, saying the agreement largely brings to a close what they call "one of the most disgraceful chapters in American prison history." Bud Lowell reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Prepares to Build New Jail

St. Lawrence County will announce this afternoon its preferred locations for a new county jail in Canton. The existing jail is among the oldest in the state. The meeting...  Go to full article

Watertown Cop Sought in Off-duty Shooting Surrenders

An off-duty police officer who allegedly shot and wounded a man in what appears to be a domestic dispute has turned himself in. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

Lawmakers to Review NY Death Penalty Law

The New York State Assembly has announced it will hold hearings on whether to fix New York's death penalty law, which is in limbo following a decision by the state's highest...  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Man Charged in Infant Son's Death

A 27-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder and assault in the death of his 15-day-old son. Officials say it's the first murder case in Saranac Lake in 17...  Go to full article

NTSB: Traffic Warnings at I87 Checkpoint "Ineffective"

The National Transportation Safety Board says safety measures at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway are "ineffective" and contradictory. In a report issued late last...  Go to full article
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Military Families Targeted Again in Watertown

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer made a political appearance at last night's Jefferson County Democratic dinner in Watertown. Earlier in the day, he announced a...  Go to full article

Silver: NY House Likely Won't Consider Death Penalty Reform

Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said his house would not be taking up a bill to correct constitutional flaws in the death penalty law anytime soon. The...  Go to full article

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