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Mar 3, 2014 — In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.
Feb 27, 2014 — One-third of people who have strokes when they're young struggle with disability and loss of independence nine years later, a study finds. About 10 percent of strokes hit people under 50.
Nov 28, 2013 — Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
Nov 4, 2013 — Investigative reports from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News concluded that the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits."
Oct 21, 2013 — The standard by which a felon is judged to be mentally competent to face execution will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear a case involving a Florida man convicted of a 1978 murder; he has an IQ that's close to the state threshold.

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Army may pull NC air med-evac support

The North Country could soon lose one of only two air med-evac providers. The region has been covered by Life Flight - a non-profit that uses one state-police helicopter based in Saranac Lake. And by MAST - the "Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic" unit based at Fort Drum. Last year, Army officials indicated the MAST unit would be transferred to a training facility in Washington State. As Jonathan Brown reports, this could leave Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence Counties without critical back up med-evac flights.  Go to full article

Renowned conductor dies in Brushton

One of the top orchestra conductors of the 1940s and 50s died Tuesday in Brushton, in Franklin County, when he and his wife were caught in an early morning house fire. Siegfried Landau founded the Brooklyn Philharmonia in 1954. Irene Landau was a dancer who studied under Martha Graham. The couple had retired to the North Country. Maurice Edwards is the historian for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and worked with Landau when he was conductor there. He remained life-long friends with the couple and visited them at their Brushton home. Jonathan Brown asked him how Landau will be remembered.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Nancy Mairs, Waist-High in the World

Continuing this year's theme of "People First: literature by and about people with disabilities" on our monthly call-in on contemporary literature, our guest is Nancy Mairs. Mairs is often credited as a founder of the new field of "disability studies." She became wheelchair-bound as a result of degenerative multiple sclerosis. Waist-High in the World is a remarkable set of essays where Mairs presents a world that privileges the needs of non-disabled "normals" over those with physical disabilities. She becomes an advocate on behalf of those, like herself, for whom every raised curb, every set of stairs, every toilet is an insurmountable obstacle and a sign of the insensitivity of the able-bodied majority. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Books: The Ha-Ha

Dave King's debut novel The Ha-Ha is this year's selection for the "one community, one book" project "North Country Reads." The program's goal is to get people in...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

Lionel Essrog, a detective with Tourette's Syndrome, is this novel's protagonist. His job is to track down the murderer of his boss. Nicknamed "Freakshow," Essrog's Brooklyn...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: A Whole New Life, Reynolds Price

In the opening program of the new Readers & Writers season, "People First," literature by and about people with disabilities, author Reynolds Price joins hosts Ellen...  Go to full article

Counties demonstrate disability accessible voting machines

New York State has lagged far behind the country in replacing its lever voting machines. Now New York's counties are scrambling to comply with their part of HAVA - the Help...  Go to full article

NY Senators Pledge to Pass "Timothy's Law"

Advocates for parity for mental health insurance scored a partial victory when the State Senate promised to act on the bill known as Timothy's Law when Senators return to...  Go to full article

On Horseback, for Body and Spirit

Therapeutic riding programs put children and adults who might otherwise never get their feet into stirrups on horseback. It's fun -- with a purpose. The skills needed to...  Go to full article

A Day in Mental Health Court

The Champlain Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness gives its top award to Judge Penelope Clute in Plattsburgh tonight. It's an unusual partnership. The...  Go to full article

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