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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.

Small Forests Can Breed Disease

Small chunks of forest, often split up by farm fields or new housing developments, are everywhere in the North Country. But you may want to wear long pants when you walk through them. According to new research, small patches of woodlands breed more ticks with Lyme disease. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fletcher Allen Health Care Still In Financial Trouble

Vermont's largest hospital still is struggling with its finances. Jody Tosti has an update.  Go to full article

Alex Bay Hospital Slow to Gain Financial Footing

Three months after it gained its independence from Samaritan Medical Center, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is struggling to right its financial affairs. As David Sommerstein reports, the not-for-profit which owns the hospital is trying to cut through a thicket of red tape to make ends meet.  Go to full article

Pataki Refuses to Release Member Item Funds

Governor George Pataki is refusing to release funds for legislative member items, saying they were allocated unconstitutionally. Groups that provide services for people with...  Go to full article

NY Delays Fire-Safe Cigarette Law

New York has missed the July 1 deadline to require the sale of fire safe cigarettes. Governor Pataki's Department of State says formulating the new rules is taking longer...  Go to full article

New Yorkers Slightly More Satisfied with HMOs than Others

New Yorkers are slightly more satisfied with their health maintenance organizations than people in other states. But, as Jody Tosti reports, the latest report card on New...  Go to full article

Superfund Goes Unfunded

No new Superfund hazardous waste sites in New York will be cleaned up for at least several months, and a program to reuse industrial Brownfields is on hold, because Governor...  Go to full article

Generic Drugs to Soon Hit Pharmacy Shelves

Senator Charles Schumer is offering New Yorkers a way to figure out how much money they would save by buying generic alternatives to brand-name prescription drugs. It's...  Go to full article

Low Sperm Count Linked to Pesticides?

A study last year found that men living in rural areas have lower sperm counts than their urban counterparts. Now, researchers say they?ve found a possible reason for the...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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