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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...


Health Care
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.
Jul 23, 2014 — The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.


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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.

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in Franklin County, says there are 90 different species of mosquitoes, but the ones that carry West Nile are most active in August.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
GM's PCB landfill from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation

New Work at GM's PCB Landfill

Twenty years ago, the federal government declared General Motors toxic waste dump by the St. Lawrence River a Superfund site. That designation made it a high priority for cleanup. But a stand-off between the company and the nearby St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has left small amounts of PCBs still seeping into the river. General Motors wants to contain and monitor the chemicals forever. The tribe wants GM to truck them away. This week, General Motors is digging up contaminated soil to convince the tribe that their solution works. As David Sommerstein reports, the sides are still far from agreement.  Go to full article

Four Camp Counselors Drown In Essex County

Searchers have found the bodies of four summer camp counselors who drowned in an Adirondack river on Tuesday. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Medicaid Reform: More Questions than Answers

A panel of health care experts who gathered at the Capitol to discuss Medicaid reform agreed that costs of the program are out of control, but did not agree on any ways to...  Go to full article

Four North Country Hospitals Get State Aid

State funding is on the way to hospitals in St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. The aid is part of a grant program aimed at increasing access to health care in rural areas of...  Go to full article

NY Senate leader has Prostate Cancer

The Leader of New York State's Senate announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Senator Joe Bruno says that because the tumor was detected early,...  Go to full article

GE To Pay New Yorkers For Deceptive Practices

General Electric will pay New York consumers $780,000 as well as a $650,000 penalty under a court order as a part of a state lawsuit claiming deceptive practices. Jody Tosti...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Passes Anti-Smoking Policy, But Not Law

St. Lawrence County legislators yesterday passed a toned-down version of an anti-smoking policy on county property. A law that would make smoking on county grounds a crime...  Go to full article

West Nile Confirmed in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County Health officials say a crow found in the eastern part of the county has tested positive for West Nile virus. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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