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Quebec teen wins Crane Piano Contest

17 young pianists from around the world competed in the 3rd annual Julia Crane International Piano Competition at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam this weekend. The winner was 18-year-old Olivier Hebert-Bouchard, from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Here he plays Diabolical Suggestion by Prokofiev.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/26/06

Frontrunner for Governor Eliot Spitzer dropped his support for embattled Comptroller Alan Hevesi. The Sweeney-Gillibrand race gets nastier as Sweeney pulls out of a debate. John McHugh and Bob Johnson spar over foreign policy in their first debate in Massena. And a $100 million expansion is planned for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino - shops, restaurants, a hotel...maybe even a water park.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/25/06

Republicans turn up the heat on Democrats to call on Comptroller Alan Hevesi to resign. Type E botulism is suspected of killing more birds in Lake Ontario and around the Great Lakes. Adirondack Scenic Railroad boosters are hoping for a parting gift from Governor Pataki for a line to Tupper Lake. And a visit to a karate class for kids in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

All Before Five Oct. 24, 2006

Scandal rocks New York state Republicans and Democrats just days before the November mid-term elections. Also, a look at the 122nd Assembly District race. And we check in with our resident astronomer for a look at a dark and cloudy winter sky.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/23/06

A state ethics commission says Comptroller Alan Hevesi broke the law when he failed to pay for a staffer to transport his ailing wife. Republican leaders are calling for Hevesi to resign. There's mixed reaction to the Bush Administration's latest proposal on what documents to require at the U.S.-Canada border. And Martha Foley and Brian Mann survey the political landscape with 10 days until election day.  Go to full article
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Deer tick

Hunters urged to watch for deer ticks

With the regular deer season opening up this weekend, the Jefferson County Public Health Department is urging hunters to be careful about deer ticks carrying lyme disease. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Pirro and Cuomo debate in Rochester

Accusations flew as the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for New York Attorney General debated in Rochester yesterday. Both Jeanine Pirro and Andrew Cuomo used the occasion to take shots at the other's experience and ethics. Bud Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside the St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau's "A Day at the Farm" event at Jon Greenwood's dairy in Canton. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Farmers on the wrong side of the law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend on reliable, plentiful Hispanic labor to survive. If national estimates are right, about three-quarters of these workers entered the United States illegally. Farmers are not required to prove their workers are legal. In fact, they can be sued for discrimination if they challenge them. Still, federal immigration officials have been raiding farms in western New York, and dairy farmers find themselves on the wrong side of immigration law. Here's part two of David Sommerstein's series, Latinos on the Farm. The stories first aired in May.  Go to full article

Latinos on dairy farms, in shadows

Just before Congress adjourned this fall, lawmakers approved $1.2 billion to begin construction on a 700-mile wall along the US/Mexican border. But they didn't pass a guest worker program to allow immigrants to work on the nation's farms. That was a big disappointment for North Country dairy farmers, who have become increasingly dependent on Mexican and Central American employees. Meanwhile, farm raids by immigration officials in western New York keep Hispanic workers living invisible lives. There are no numbers on exactly how many Hispanics work on dairy farms in northern New York. One estimate says 300 work in Jefferson County alone. Based on national estimates, three-quarters of them entered the United States illegally. Last May, David Sommerstein produced a series on Hispanics on North Country farms. The first report was on the farmhands themselves.  Go to full article

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