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Ranks of uninsured grow at alarming rate

A recent survey by the St Lawrence County Health Initiative found more than 33% of residents don't have any health insurance. State and federal studies indicate only 10% are uninsured. The discrepancy has a lot to do with those polled, according to Ruth Fishbeck. She's Executive Director of the advocacy group. She says federal and state studies include people of all ages, from the cradle to the grave, and she worries that the government presents a skewed view of health coverage. Fishbeck tells Jonathan Brown that health professionals needed to know how many people have coverage, and how reliable it is. That drove the Health Initiative to draft their survey. More than 1500 people between 19 and 64 responded.  Go to full article

Ballast law battle builds

The fight over foreign invasive pests in cargo ships is heating up. Mark Brush reports environmental and conservation groups are going to court to defend one of the toughest ballast water laws in the country.  Go to full article

Potsdam hosts Connections and Intersections campus festival

Faculty, students and staff at SUNY Potsdam will host a campus festival this week that's open to the public. The festival will feature lectures, panels, workshops, seminars and performances by special guests and Potsdam faculty and students. Todd Moe spoke with festival director Liliana Trevizan about the theme for this year's festival: "Connections and Intersections: Out Changing Landscapes."  Go to full article
The SLU Step It Up photo

SLU 'steps it up'

Step It Up rallies were held in more than 1400 places around the country Saturday. All the events shared one thing in common. Participants took a group photo, which was...  Go to full article
A teen art project helps define global warming

Teens seek action on global warming

Two dozen teens from high schools in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties gathered in Canton earlier this month to brainstorm ideas about combating the effects of global...  Go to full article

VHS halts fish stocking

One state is halting some fish stocking programs to stop the spread of a virulent fish disease. Steve Carmody reports that might mean fewer fish in some lakes and streams.  Go to full article

Mohawks pursue tobacco tax deal

In February, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe came closer than ever to building a glitzy casino in the Catskills. They signed a compact for the gaming resort with Governor...  Go to full article
Emerald ash borer

Keeping out some nasty, wood-eating invaders

State environmental officials are warning people about bringing firewood srom down-state to camps and campgrounds in the North Country. As Jonathan Brown reports, the concern...  Go to full article

Get your groove on at Java

If you're into live music and you like to dance, here's one of the North Country's best kept secrets. Java at St. Lawrence University invites nationally touring bands to...  Go to full article

Budget helps low-income housing

The relatively low cost of housing in the North Country draws people to the area. But for people with below-average income, finding a home, even here, is tough. Over the past...  Go to full article

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