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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 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.
Aug 26, 2014 — Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.
Aug 26, 2014 — Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities.


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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.

Rabies Cases Drop Dramatically In North Country

This August marks the eighth year for a vaccination program that has helped dramatically decrease the spread of rabies in raccoons and other wildlife across New York State. Bait containing a liquid rabies vaccine is either dropped from a small aircraft or hand-placed in residential areas. Weather permitting, some North Country residents may soon hear the buzz of a low-flying plane above their homes. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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...  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

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