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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...


Health Care
Aug 30, 2014 — A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?


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NCPR Special Reports

Audio Series
Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
Photo Audio Essay
Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Assembly Plan Would Cap Medicaid Costs Paid by Counties

New York state counties pay a higher share of Medicaid costs than any other state. The county share of Medicaid has doubled in the last ten years, from $3.5 billion in 1995 to a projected $7 billion this year. This week the New York Assembly introduced a budget resolution that would stop that expansion - capping the Medicaid costs paid by county taxpayers. That would save county taxpayers, says Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine.  Go to full article

Clinton Vows to Fight Medicaid Cuts

The Republican Congressional Majority has proposed cutting federal Medicaid spending by $15 billion dollars over the next 5 years - cuts even more drastic than President Bush proposed in his recent budget. Senator Clinton says the cuts could force many hospitals to cut back services, especially in rural areas.  Go to full article
Laura Davenport and Cassie

Close to Homeless: Surviving Transiency

People who are homeless in rural regions like Northern New York redefine our picture of "homelessness". The National Coalition for the Homeless, a not-for-profit advocacy group, says rural homeless are more likely to be white, female, married, working--and homeless for short periods of time. And instead of relying on social service agencies, many rural homeless people stay with family or friends until they get back on their feet. They move from place to place, staying with friends and relatives, or in a series of substandard apartments and trailers. NCPR talked with some of these overlooked neighbors, and with some of their advocates, in a series of stories last May called Close to Homeless. This week, we'll revisit those stories, and check back to see how the people we met are faring. In part one of our series last spring, David Sommerstein reported on a family in Dickinson Center in Franklin County who have experienced the most persistent kind of rural homelessness: chronic transiency.  Go to full article

NY Senate Budget will Include Health Care Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house's budget will include health care cuts, but not new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Resource Center for Domestic Violence Victims to have Permanent Home

The St Lawrence Renewal Center has received over $140,000 to buy and renovate its offices in Canton.  Go to full article

Community Forum Tackles Obesity Epidemic

More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. That number is even higher in the North Country. Most alarming is that obesity among children is skyrocketing. Health...  Go to full article

Risks of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

A recent study indicates expectant mothers who are exposed to air pollution see damage to the genetic make up of their newborns. That might increase the babies' risk of...  Go to full article

De-mystifying Hypnosis

A recent book de-mystifies hypnotism and shows how careful, respectful use of hypnotism can work for counselors and psychologists, and their clients. Martha Foley talks with...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Disagree On Timothy's Law

The NY Assembly Bill known as Timothy's Law would force insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they do physical health services. It's won an...  Go to full article

Clinton Introduces Health Care Bill for Guard and Reserve

Senator Hillary Clinton and co-sponsor Senator Lindsay Graham (R-NC) introduced legislation yesterday that would allow Guard and Reserve members to buy into the military's...  Go to full article

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