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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...


Health Care
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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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.

Army Tries Reservist for Refusing Vaccine

Court-martial proceedings are underway for an Army reservist who's charged with disobeying orders to take an anthrax vaccine. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Amendments to Smoking Bill Gain Support

Some amendments to ease New York's sweeping anti-smoking law, passed in March, are gaining momentum. Governor Pataki says he'd like to take a look at the proposals. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

SARS Update from Toronto

Brian Mann is in Toronto covering the second SARS outbreak there for NPR. Martha Foley talks with him about conditions in the city, and at border crossings between northern New York and Ontario.  Go to full article
Senator Betty Little, Republican, 45th District

Sen. Betty Little Opposes Governor On Budget

Senator Betty Little voted with the Senate's Republican leadership to sweep aside the Governor's vetoes. She spoke with Brian Mann about the rift that's divided the north...  Go to full article

Improving Jobless Numbers Used in Budget Battle

The state's chief economist is helping to lobby against tax increases passed last week by the legislature. The Pataki Administration claims that the spending plan, approved...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for Better Military Reserve Benefits

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for expanded benefits for military reservists. As Jody Tosti reports, the first-term Senator is working with an old political foe to...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff<br />Republican, 114th District

Budget Battle Divides North Country Delegation

The fight over the state budget has divided some traditional Republican allies, around the state and here in the North Country. State Senator Betty Little - from Queensbury...  Go to full article

Pataki Takes Budget Case on Tour

The fighting over the state budget continues, as Governor Pataki accused the legislature of making false promises. Pataki announced yesterday he plans to take his cause to...  Go to full article
Sen. Betty Little, Rep. 45th Dist.

Senator Little Opposes Pataki Cuts

Senator Betty Little says she'll stand firm in her disagreement with Governor Pataki. The Republican from Queensbury says her constituents urged her to restore deep cuts in...  Go to full article

Commentary: Solving a Fundamental Health Care Problem

Few issues in American life are felt more personally than health care. The accomplishments of medical research are nothing short of miraculous, yet the number of people who...  Go to full article

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