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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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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.

Canton Says "No" to Fluoridated Water

This week the Canton village Board of Trustees voted to end the thirty year old practice of adding fluoride to its public water. For decades, fluoridation has been considered a generally accepted measure to prevent tooth decay. But growing concern over long-term health risks swayed the trustees. As David Sommerstein reports, Canton could set an example for other North Country towns.  Go to full article

State Grant Helps Promote Alcohol-Free Events

With the help of a state grant, St. Lawrence University is hoping to stem the tide of alcohol abuse among students on and off its campus. The University is offering funding for alcohol-free events in the Canton area through a campus-community partnership. Jody Tosti tells us more on how local groups can sign-up for the program.  Go to full article

Communities That Care Idea Spreads to St. Lawrence County

A youth survey in 2001 showed high rates of alcohol use among students in 16 districts throughout St. Lawrence County. The survey was given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The results confirmed what local health officials basically knew already, that alcohol use and abuse is a continuing problem in the county. To address the risks of alcohol, drug and other teen problem behaviors, local representatives from human service agencies, law enforcement and education began training in the Communities That Care initiative. Martha Foley talks with Pam Whittet, Assistant Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and chairwoman of the Community Board.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number...  Go to full article

Snowmobiles & Alcohol: part 2 of a 3-part series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The North Country has seen a rash of serious accidents, sending dozens more people to...  Go to full article
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Snowmobiles & Reckless Speed: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The sport is wildly popular. Towns like Old Forge and Speculator see snowmobile tourism...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Flow of Pakistanis Slows, Detainments Continue

The flow of Pakistani refugees reaching the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh slowed over the weekend. Roughly fifty asylum seekers remain in shelters in Burlington and...  Go to full article

Commentary: A Window on Depression

It's not just the blues. Depression can knock a person flat, for weeks, or months, or longer. Commentator Paul Hetzler knows the darkness well, but has found a thread of...  Go to full article
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Spreading the Word on Burn Barrel Hazards

If you shop at a P&C supermarket, you may have noticed a new message on the plastic bags there. It says, "Please Don't Burn This Bag." The message is a part of an...  Go to full article

Web Exclusive: Helping Farms Reduce Burning

David Sommerstein talks with Dr. Lois Levitan of the Environmental Risk Analysis program at the Cornell Center for the Environment. This week she completed a report entitled...  Go to full article

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