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Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...
With more New York state residents getting measles than they have since 1996, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to vaccinate. In a press release Friday, Gov. Cuomo said “measles is serious, highly contagious disease that is not just...


Health Care
Jul 23, 2014 — Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.
Jul 23, 2014 — New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
Jul 23, 2014 — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.
Jul 23, 2014 — The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.
Jul 23, 2014 — The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.


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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.

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NY police step up traffic enforcement for holiday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are stepping up their patrols to catch drunk and distracted drivers over the July 4 weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that the effort will run Thursday through Sunday. He says 500 electronic message boards will be placed alongside state roadways warning motorists against driving while intoxicated.  Go to full article
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NY Firemen's Association warns against fireworks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Firemen's Association of the State of New York is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in the state and are urging Fourth of July celebrants to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.

The organization, which represents volunteer firefighters, says that more fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day of the year.  Go to full article
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Whew! No new shots in NY school immunizations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's school immunization requirements have been updated to be consistent with the most current recommendations.

The State Department of Health says the new requirements for school attendance don't add any new vaccines for school entry, but they update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses.  Go to full article
Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont 7th state to outlaw car smoking with kids

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is now the seventh to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

The law that took effect Tuesday also bans...  Go to full article
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY's high court says towns can ban fracking

In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York's highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year...  Go to full article
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Vermont evaluating heroin antidote use at 6 months

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Health Department statistics show that overdose antidote kits for heroin and other opiate drugs distributed to the general public were used 38...  Go to full article
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NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile...  Go to full article
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Firefighters warn of July 4 fireworks hazards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York firefighters' association is urging people to leave Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals.

The Firemen's Association of the...  Go to full article

NY ups spending for disabled outside institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal statistics show New York has stepped up spending to give the disabled a choice to live outside institutions since a landmark Supreme Court...  Go to full article
Under Vermont's smoking ban, smoking will be prohibited in cars carrying children younger than 8. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont set to ban smoking in cars with kids

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is poised to become the seventh state to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

Health Commissioner Dr....  Go to full article

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