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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...


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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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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.

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 increase spending on education to answer a court order that declared the state's school funding system unconstitutional. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  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 of limitations for child sex crimes makes it impossible to punish offenders. As Brian Mann reports, St. Lawrence county's district attorney says he wants church officials to provide more information about the cases.  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

Ogdensburg Diocese Removes 8 Priests

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg says the church has removed eight priests from active ministry since June of 2002. The move follows a new zero-tolerance policy...  Go to full article

State Faces Tough Challenges in 2004

The 2004 legislative session begins officially tomorrow with Governor Pataki's State of the State message. A number of issues will be a priority for Pataki and legislators,...  Go to full article

State Releases Smoking Violation List

The state health department has fined half a dozen North Country businesses for violating the smoking ban that went into effect in July, according to recently released...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers to Debate High Cost of Medicaid

New York's number one in the country spending on Medicaid is likely to be a subject of debate in the upcoming legislative session, which begins this week. Albany reporter...  Go to full article

CVPH to Limit Hospital Stays

The staff at CVPH Medical Center is looking at ways to reduce the time people spend in the hospital to help free up beds for new patients coming into the facility. It's a...  Go to full article

Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is...  Go to full article

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