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Green party voters may get primary race in NY-21

It's been just about a week since the Democratic Party announced documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf as its candidate for the 21st District congressional seat Bill Owens currently holds, but Woolf has yet to make a public appearance or return emails since then. A brief statement last week said an official campaign announcement would be made "in the coming days."

But there has been news among Greens in the 21st District. The Green Party is heading towards a rare primary as St. Lawrence County anti-cancer activist Donald Hassig and Glens Falls baker and businessman Matt Funicello have both said they're running as Green Party candidates.  Go to full article
Lecturer Jennifer MacGregor speaks with her students after they turn on their phones for the first time in twelve days. Photo: Zach Hirsch

St. Lawrence students unplug for academic credit

It can be scary when you can't get hold of someone. Most people these days are always reachable in some way, whether it's by cell phone, text, email, or Facebook.

Today's college students are part of the first generation to have grown up with social media, and St. Lawrence University lecturer Jennifer MacGregor is interested in how that's impacted their psychological development.

So MacGregor conducted an experiment: as part of her course "Identity in the Internet Age" she recently had her students "unplug" from the internet and social media for 12 days.  Go to full article
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Canton, Potsdam vice president accused of theft

The woman in charge of finances at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam has been indicted on theft charges in Georgia. Natalie Higley is charged with stealing from the state college where she used to work.

According to the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight newspaper, Natalie Higley and three other former employees of Bainbridge State College are accused of conspiring as a group to steal college property and then lying about it.  Go to full article
Film maker Doyle Dean will help tranform the blizzard dance... Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: In Canton, modern dancing in a blizzard

You never know what you're going to find in a snowstorm. David Sommerstein was cross-country skiing on the St. Lawrence University last week in blizzard conditions, when he...  Go to full article
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris

Gouverneur's Kinney Nursing Home may close

The state Department of Health is reviewing a plan to close Kinney Nursing Home.

Last December, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble...  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages...  Go to full article
Young spectators at a pond hockey game on the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ogdensburg's River Shiver to feature Pond Hockey Classic

The Ogdensburg Hockey League is organizing the 1st Annual St. Lawrence River Pond Hockey Classic.

They'll skate February 22 and 23 at the City Marina in...  Go to full article
Photo: United Way of Northern New York

Why United Way donations are down, and what the fix might be

The United Way is one of America's largest charitable organizations, helping to sustain thousands of small nonprofits that in turn help millions of people.

But...  Go to full article
Crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter near. Photo: <a href="">harshanm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heads-up, star-gazers! Venus is back

Lots of news from St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue this morning. She stopped by the NCPR studios to share the monthly update with Martha Foley.
...  Go to full article
Route 11 passing through Potsdam. Photo: <a href="">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DOT chief throws cold water on rooftop highway

Speaking after a budget hearing in Albany yesterday, state Department of Transportation commissioner Joan McDonald threw cold water on the idea of an Interstate linking...  Go to full article

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