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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.

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 dollar-plus prices. On Wednesday, St. Lawrence County's Department of Weights and Measures authorized some stations to sell gas by the half-gallon until they can update the control mechanisms on their pumps. Law enforcement agencies are warning the gas prices could cause more crime. Gas drive-offs are up. And the St. Lawrence County sheriff is warning people to lock their gas tanks, especially bulk tanks on farms. David Sommerstein reports.  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 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...  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

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