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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.

Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food pantries in the past two decades distracts activists and policy-makers from the root causes of hunger in the U.S.  Go to full article

First West Nile Human Case Confirmed in North Country

Clinton County health officials say they've confirmed the first North Country case of West Nile Virus. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that a woman in her 50's tested positive for the disease. As Brian Mann reports, doctors expect the woman to recover.  Go to full article
CWD Infected Deer<br />Wisconsin DNR

Deer Disease ?Coming? Says New York Biologist

With deer hunting season in full swing, state scientists are watching closely for "chronic wasting disease" - a nervous system ailment that's spreading in deer herds in the West. So far, CWD hasn't been found in New York or Vermont, but researchers say it's only a matter of time. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia

Lake Placid Ironman: The Drama & The Danger

Over the weekend, three North Country athletes raced in Hawaii's 140-mile Ironman triathlon, the sport's world championship. 55 locals competed this summer in the Lake Placid...  Go to full article

School For Nurses Opens in Saranac Lake

New York faces a deep shortage of nurses and other health care workers. The crisis is so severe that many hospitals are recruiting nurses from overseas. Yesterday in...  Go to full article

Golisano Unveils Plan for Legalized Medical Marijuana

The most conservative candidate in the race for governor has come out with a plan to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The announcements by businessman Tom...  Go to full article

Despite North Country Cancer Clusters, Anti-Smoking Campaign Lackluster

New York's Department of Health says lung cancer rates across the North Country are a hundred percent higher than expected. But despite new revenue from cigarette taxes and...  Go to full article

Interview: Ursula Bauer

The head of the Tobacco Control Program for the state Department of Health says poor people in the North Country are especially vulnerable to cigarette addiction. She spoke...  Go to full article

A-Bay Hospital To Close

Residents of Alexandria Bay are looking to keep the town's hospital open after Samaritan Health Systems said Monday it would close the facility. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Precautions

New fears that West Nile Virus could be passed through blood transfusions has raisaed concerns across the nation. But health experts in the North Country are taking...  Go to full article

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