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Debating evolution and creationism in the Adirondacks

The debate over evolution and creationism is one of the most passionate and divisive in American society. Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection is taught in public schools and most universities as scientific fact. The vast majority of biologists are convinced that living creatures evolved over hundreds of millions of years. But surveys regularly find that most Americans believe otherwise. They're convinced that God somehow shaped human development. The tension between science and faith often sparks fierce arguments, fueling protests and lawsuits. But at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks, a scientist and a Christian church elder have translated their disagreement into a long-running collaboration and a deep friendship. Brian Mann tells their story.  Go to full article

Transition in New York: Health Care

On January 1st, New York will inaugurate a new Governor for the first time in 12 years. Eliot Spitzer has made big promises for the future of the state. His campaign slogan was "On Day One, Everything Changes." Spitzer picked several hundred people to give their advice as members of the incoming administration's transition team. This week, we'll talk with four North Country representatives of that team. We start with Dr. John Rugge of the Hudson Headwaters system of community based clinics. He's one of three physicians on the 26-person health care transition committee. Martha Foley talked with Dr. Rugge last month, after a state commission released its recommendations to close hospitals and nursing homes and revamp health care in New York. He welcomed the revoluntionary scope of the report, but said it'll take many years to "fix" health care in the state.  Go to full article

Holiday music with Barb and Danny

Barb Heller and Danny Gotham help kick off the Christmas weekend with music.  Go to full article

State deal to conserve 51,000 more acres of wilderness

Governor Pataki yesterday announced details of the deal to protect another 51,000 acres of forestland in St. Lawrence County. According to the agreement, the state will pay $6.5 million for a conservation easement from global timber firm Rayonier. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

UPDATE ON CANTON BANK ROBBERY

Canton police say the robbery of a village bank yesterday was "a serious crime." The suspects allegedly tied up bank employees after brandishing a gun to force their way in. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 12/19/06

Political wrangling in Albany over charter schools... The search for snow in the North Country... And Heard Up North: Lighting the Chanukiah.  Go to full article

Clarkson?s CSEA approves contract

Members of the Civil Service Employees Union at Clarkson University approved a new contract yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 12/18/06

Governor Pataki considers a bill mandating insurance coverage for mental health... The Governor also makes a last swing through the North Country, announcing state funds for regional projects... And a look at how area businesses are coping with unseasonably warm temperatures and their impact on seasonal tourism.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence alum's Christmas song remains popular

The Holidays are filled with lots of traditions, including the playing of songs about snow, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, sleigh rides and spirituality. You hear these songs played over and over on the radio, TV, the grocery store and just about everywhere music is performed. A perennial favorite, I'll Be Home for Christmas, was written by a St. Lawrence University alum. ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, lists it as the 12th-most-performed holiday song (out of 25) for 2006. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 12/14/06

Lawmakers met in special session yesterday, but didn't accomplish much... Alcoa is expected to cut 60 jobs at its plant in Massena... And an insider's view of Amish schools in the North Country.  Go to full article

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