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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 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?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.


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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.

A Closer Look at Dysfunction in Albany

While some bills, including the one ratifying the Akwesasne Mohawk casino compact, passed at the last minute, the list of things that didn't get done this session in Albany is long: education and Medicaid funding overhauls, reform of the Rockefeller drug laws and of the state's voting system. And on top of all that, the state budget is late for the 20th straight year. David Sommerstein talked with NCPR's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt yesterday about what many observers are calling the worst year in Albany ever.  Go to full article

Albany Comes Up Short on Main Issues

The state legislature yesterday ended its 2004 regular session. Governor George Pataki and the legislature have come to agreement on a few minor bills. But as Karen DeWitt reports, the major issues remain undone.  Go to full article
Atlas author Jerry Jenkins

A New Adirondack Atlas, A New Vision of the Park

The new Atlas of the Adirondacks book gathers together hundreds
of maps and illustrations, with detailed text. The result is a rich, geographic portrait of the world inside the blue line. As Brian Mann reports, the Atlas joins a long tradition of Adirondacks maps that tell complex and sometimes controversial stories.  Go to full article
Chris Ortloff, R-Plattsburgh

Ortloff Blasts Assembly Leadership For Inaction

The state senate wrapped up business Tuesday. The assembly holds a final day of work today. Assemblyman Chris Ortloff -- a Republican from Plattsburgh representing the...  Go to full article

Water Woes In Adirondacks Could Change Constitution

In these final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers are hoping to push through a bill that would allow local governments to drill for water on state...  Go to full article

Sorting Out the Medicare Drug Plan

Martha Foley talks with Carlton Doane, president of the St. Lawrence County chapter of the AARP, about confusion over the new Medicare cards for seniors. The group is...  Go to full article

Chatham Plant Court Challenge Continues

A planned chipboard factory in St. Lawrence County that would employ more than 100 people remains stalled in court cases. A federal appeals court ruled recently that people...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Household Insects

Human attempts to keep insects out of the house probably date back to neolithic times. While there are no fool-proof answers, Dr. Curt Stager talks to Martha Foley about some...  Go to full article

Bar Owners say Ban on Smoking Hurting Business

One of the many unfinished issues in the 2004 legislative session is whether to amend the statewide ban on smoking to once again permit smoking in bars. The bill now has a...  Go to full article

Report: Humans Contaminated by Pesticides

A new report finds the average person carries pesticide residue in their body that exceeds government-approved levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

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