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New Seaway chief aims for more traffic

The new head of the St. Lawrence Seaway made his second visit to the waterway's control center in Massena yesterday. Collister Johnson, Jr. vowed to increase freighter traffic and meet face-to-face with local stakeholders along the river. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Mohawk chief Jim Ransom addresses his Venezuelan guests.

For Mohawks, CITGO spells relief

Leaders of the St. Regis Mohawks and eleven other tribes from Maine and Minnesota gathered in Akwesasne Tuesday night to give thanks to an unlikely source. CITGO, the U.S. branch of the national oil company of Venezuela, is giving the tribes hundreds of thousands of gallons of free home heating oil this winter. The offer is a part of CITGO's program to help low-income Americans in 16 states heat their homes. As David Sommerstein reports, the gift is simple; its consequences may not be.  Go to full article
Dr. John Rugge (Source:  Hudson Headwaters)

Rugge: NY healthcare must change

Despite the fierce opposition to some of the state health commission's recommendations, nobody contests that changes are needed to the state's health care system. Many of New York's hospitals are in bankruptcy, and a majority of the nursing homes operate at a loss. Dr. John Rugge, of the Hudson Headwaters system of community-based clinics, has been appointed to serve on a panel advising Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition team. He's one of three physicians serving on Spitzer's 26-person health care advisory committee.
Martha Foley talked with him about the commission's recommendations. He welcomed the revolutionary scope of the report, but he said it'll take many years to "fix" health care in the state.  Go to full article

Books: Albert of Ogdensburg

A new book by a Morristown writer offers a brief glimpse into Ogdensburg's past and the author's family history. Todd Moe talks with Joe McDonald about his book, Albert...  Go to full article

Contract dispute remains ugly at Clarkson

Unionized workers opened a new front yesterday in their contract dispute with Clarkson University. The Civil Service Employees Union launched a website detailing their...  Go to full article

Life as a chimney sweep

If you have a wood stove, it's the time of year to scrape the creosote out of your chimney. Chimney sweep Al Piercey has a saying: the first time he falls off a roof will be...  Go to full article

Multimillion dollar parasite fight continues

One of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes was also the first one to arrive. The sea lamprey invaded the Lakes more than a hundred years ago, and no...  Go to full article

Good looking, great personality - heritage turkeys measure up

Brian and Ann Bennett raise heritage turkeys at their organic farm, Bittersweet Farm in St. Lawrence County. They also raise chickens, and regular big, white toms for the...  Go to full article

Massena expected to be spared Alcoa cuts

A spokesman for Alcoa says the 6,700 job cuts announced yesterday should not affect the company's two plants in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Court ruling clouds Ogdensburg sex offender lock-up

New York's highest court ruled yesterday the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after their prison sentences ended. In a prepared statement,...  Go to full article

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