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Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...
With more New York state residents getting measles than they have since 1996, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to vaccinate. In a press release Friday, Gov. Cuomo said “measles is serious, highly contagious disease that is not just...


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Jul 24, 2014 — A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Jul 23, 2014 — Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.
Jul 23, 2014 — New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
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.
Jul 23, 2014 — The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.


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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.

Helping Repair Substandard Housing

Many people in the North Country own their own homes, but they need help maintaining them to keep them safe, dry, and warm, especially in winter. The Ministry of the North County, or MINC, has a home repair program that tries to help. MINC gets more than 100 applications a year from people who need assistance fixing their homes. Sheryl Evans is MINC's outreach worker in St. Lawrence County. She spoke with David Sommerstein. You can reach MINC at 315-322-4271 or email to sbe1@lttfilsp.com  Go to full article

Low Income Tenants Face Squalor, Risk

For many poor or working class families, home often comes in the form of a small apartment or trailer. Even in the best cases, these rentals are nothing fancy: a bedroom or two, a small kitchen, a bathroom. But housing experts say more and more of the region's low-cost apartments are so squalid that they're actually unhealthy or unsafe. Brian Mann has this profile of Saranac Lake, where dozens of the worst apartment buildings are owned by a handful of landlords.  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.

Homelessness: Surviving the School Shuffle

In the North Country, homelessness often means something different than sleeping on a park bench or under a bridge. A family who can't afford a home may move in with relatives, then a month later into a motel room, then into a low-rent apartment, and on and on. Each time the family moves, the children have to get used to new surroundings, new people, and new routines. And in many cases, they have to go to a new school. Preliminary studies show up to a third of the students in many districts don't end the academic year in the same school they started. On the second day of our series, Close to Homeless, we look at how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend. David Sommerstein has our story.  Go to full article

With Rising Homelessness, Affordable Housing Scarce

As we've been hearing this week, homelessness in northern New York can mean many things. People stay as long as they can with relatives or several families might share a...  Go to full article
Laura Davenport and Cassie

Homelessness: Breaking the Cycle of Transiency

In part one of our series 'Close to Homeless', David Sommerstein reports on a family in Dickinson Center in Franklin County who have experienced the most persistent kind of...  Go to full article

Radioactive Fuel Rods Still Missing from Vermont Nuclear Plant

Three weeks of searching hasn't turned up any evidence of the missing highly radioactive fuel rod pieces at the Vermont Yankee plant. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Gouverneur Breast Cancer Walk Raises $30,000

Last Saturday, some 200 walkers and businesses in the St. Lawrence county community of Gouverneur raised $30,000 to support breast cancer efforts. It was the 3rd annual...  Go to full article

Project Targets Underage Drinkers' Suppliers

A local campaign against underage drinking begins today in St. Lawrence County. "Project Sticker Shock" targets adults who may be tempted to buy alcohol for minors. About 140...  Go to full article

Bruno Vows to Pass a Mental Health Parity Bill

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno announced that his house will pass a mental health parity bill similar to Timothy's Law pushed by members of the Assembly and the family of...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Would Raise Smoking Age to 19

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers want to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products in New York State from 18 to 19. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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