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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 13, 2014 — The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.
Jul 11, 2014 — There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.
Jul 11, 2014 — Two secretaries in a doctor's office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.
Jul 10, 2014 — Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.
Jul 8, 2014 — In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.


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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.

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Stafford Battles Lung Cancer

Former state senator Ronald Stafford is once again fighting lung cancer. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Stafford made the announcement over the weekend at an American Cancer Society event. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Pataki Wants to Crackdown on DWI

Governor Pataki is criticizing the State Assembly for not passing
legislation to crack down on drunk drivers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate May Ban Ephedra

The New York State Senate wants to ban the sale of the dietary supplement ephedra in New York. Senators say while the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler...  Go to full article

Preview: Arts and Healing Weekend

The 5th annual Adirondack Arts and Healing Weekend at Great Camp Sagamore will be September 26th through the 28th. It's a weekend of music, storytelling and nature walks for...  Go to full article

CVPH To Offer Open-Heart Surgery and Angioplasty

By next summer, CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh will begin providing open-heart surgery for North Country residents. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

NY Senate Task Force Will Study Medicaid Costs

The New York State Senate has named a joint task force to study ways to curb the soaring costs of Medicaid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Radioactive Waste Sought at Plattsburgh AFB

The Air Force says low-grade radioactive material may have been left at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The material could include contaminated gloves and air filters...  Go to full article

Smoking Ban Lobbying Runs Hot on Both Sides

Opponents and supporters of New York's smoking ban stepped up lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, with protests and nationally prominent experts. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Will Lawmakers Loosen New Anti-Smoking Law?

Anti-smoking groups say they're concerned over remarks by Governor George Pataki and the Speaker of the Assembly that may signal a weakening of the newly passed anti-smoking...  Go to full article

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