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North Country judges demand pay raises

The state's judges are fuming over pay raises - they haven't had one in over eight years. Three judges were at the St Lawrence County courthouse yesterday, making their case to reporters. Jonathan Brown was there:  Go to full article
Andrea Malik mixes a potion of BTI, deadly to black flies...

Taming black flies in Colton

It's one of the cruelest fates dealt the North Country. The snow's gone. The warm sun's finally back. Just when we're dying to bask in spring...the black flies begin to swarm - and bite. More than 30 towns in the region fight back. They treat 3500 miles of streams to kill the black flies before they even hatch. It's all done by hand -- dozens of people bushwhacking miles through the deep woods to deliver doses of a bacteria known as BTI. One woman in St. Lawrence County has dedicated 22 years of her life to battling the black fly. David Sommerstein profiles the "black fly diva."  Go to full article
Dr. Daniel Molloy

The science behind killing black flies

The bacteria BTI is very specific. Aside from black flies, it can also be used to kill mosquito larvae in standing water. BTI was isolated in the 1970s in Israel, hence its name, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. It was first used to reduce mosquito- and fly-borne diseases. To learn more, David spoke with the leading authority on BTI in New York, Dr. Daniel Molloy. He's an aquatic biologist with the New York State Museum. He says BTI produces protein crystals.  Go to full article
NY Executive Mansion in old postcard view

It's more than decor: the Gov's mansion goes green

New York's First Lady, Silda Wall Spitzer, wants the state governor's mansion to be an example of energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Family sues talc mine, 75 others over cancer deaths

A family of talc miners in Jefferson County filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court yesterday. It claims three family members died of a rare cancer after exposure to...  Go to full article

Accusations and political rhetoric fly in Albany on Law Day

The annual celebration of Law Day at the Capitol turned political, as the state's top Judge castigated some New York politicians for not granting the judicial branch a pay...  Go to full article

Trim case takes unexpected turns

In the aftermath of the firefight that killed trooper David Brinkerhoff and Travis Trim, attention focused on a lost arrest warrant issued for Trim in December in St....  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Youth Energy & Environment Expo

On this Heard Up North: The Youth Energy and Environmental Expo. It's part of the Sustainable Energy Fair running April 27-29 at SUNY Canton.
Middle and high-schoolers...  Go to full article

Friendly fire now blamed for trooper's death

The state trooper killed Wednesday in the search for 23-year-old fugitive Travis Trim may have died from friendly fire, according to a state police spokesman.
Trim...  Go to full article

North Country seeks new med-evac provider

Northern New York has two providers of med-evac helicopter flights that don't charge patients. One of them, the U.S. Army unit based at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, is...  Go to full article

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