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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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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.
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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.

Rangers Say DEC Policies Jeopardize Public Safety

Forest rangers in the North Country say new Department of Environmental Conservation policies are making it harder for them to respond to emergencies. Rangers now need permission from a supervisor before they can go out on emergency calls. As Chris Knight reports, critics say that could mean dangerous delays.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Article Infuriates Riders

Snowmobile advocates are furious about a commentary published this month in the Adirondack Explorer newspaper. The article was written by a former top official with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation -- who now describes the popular sport as unconstitutional in the Park. The article also makes joking references to a plan to eliminate and even kill snowmobile riders. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article
Salmon River Floods Malone Neigbhorhood

Malone: Salmon River Floods Neighborhood

An ice jam on the Salmon River triggered a flood through the weekend, forcing residents in Malone to evacuate at least eight homes. As frigid water filled living rooms and basements, rescue crews worked to help people care for pets and recover some of their possessions. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

SLC Social Services Seeks Public Input

The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services is looking for feedback from the public about the programs it offers. The agency scheduled a hearing this afternoon to...  Go to full article

Malone: Snowmobile Death Case Settled

A Malone man who accidentally killed a woman with his snowmobile last winter has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. Nicholas White, 24, is expected to serve...  Go to full article

Counties Renew Call for Medicaid Relief

County leaders, continuing their push to get state lawmakers to pass Medicaid relief, say they want to hear more answers from Governor Pataki when he gives his budget address...  Go to full article

State of the State Recap

Governor George Pataki delivered his 10th State of the State address yesterday. Pataki made no mention of the state's $6 billion budget deficit, but hinted that he might not...  Go to full article

Little Applauds Medicaid Relief

North Country State Senator Betty Little, a Republican, was pleased with the Governor's speech. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

8 Priests Avoid Prosecution For Alleged Sex Assaults

None of the eight Roman Catholic priests removed from office over the last two years will face criminal prosecution. Officials with the Diocese of Ogdensburg say the statute...  Go to full article

A Brief History of Medicaid in New York

The cost of the state's Medicaid program has grown by $17 billion since 1995, when Governor Pataki took office. The spending has risen so rapidly that the state's counties...  Go to full article

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