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Alex's Story: Inclusion With Autism

Autism is a nureological disorder. It typically appears in the first 3 years of a child's life. People with autism typically have language difficulties and trouble relating to other people. They have an obsessive need for things to stay the same. Alex Smith is 15 years old. He's a sophmore at Canton high school. When he was in elementary school he had a one-on-one aide, an adult always by his side. But Canton is one school with a long history of inclusion, of involving students with disabilities as much as possible in regular ed classes. Alex's story is one of increasing independence. This story originally aired in October.  Go to full article
Maggie Wheeler and her family live on Ault Island, near Ingleside, Ontario
Maggie Wheeler and her family live on Ault Island, near Ingleside, Ontario

Preview: Remembering the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence

Canadian author Maggie Wheeler says she never intended to write a series of murder mysteries. But with the success of her first book, A Violent End, she's been called a prominent voice in preserving and celebrating the history of eastern Ontario. Specifically a stretch of the St. Lawrence River between Morrisburg and Cornwall, Ontario. It's an area known as Lake St. Lawrence and the Lost Villages. When the Seaway opened in 1958, six communities were lost in the planned flood. Wheeler will discuss her novels A Violent End and its sequel, The Brother of Sleep, Thursday, 10 am, at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. Todd Moe spoke with her last September at the Nightingale B&B in Ingleside, Ontario - the setting of her third novel due out this year. Wheeler says her books are historical fiction set along the 1950s St. Lawrence Seaway and the Power Project.  Go to full article

More Aid for Some North Country Schools

There's wide praise for the education spending in the budget. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer Lays Out Environmental Platform

Democratic candidate for Governor Eliot Spitzer gave his first speech of the campaign on the environment yesterday. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Ortloff Faces New Challenger

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports that a Malone attorney plans to challenge Chris Ortloff in November's election. Kevin Nichols, a prominent local attorney with the firm Poissant, Nichols and Grue, says he'll run as a Democrat. Douglas Hopper has details.  Go to full article
Bill Putnam
Bill Putnam

Talking with Iraqis about the War

Yesterday, President Bush said Americans need to look beyond violence in Iraq for signs of progress. The president told an audience in Cleveland he understands why some Americans are disheartened by daily images of "savage" violence from Iraq. On Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Biden said Iraq is in what he calls a low-grade civil war, and may be on the brink of a full-blown civil war when militias fully engage in the violence.

However you frame it, civilians are dying every day as the war enters its fourth year. Freelance journalist Bill Putnam has been embedded with 10th Mt. Divison soldiers in Iraq this year as they've patrolled in and around Baghdad. Thousands of Iraqis come to the main American base - camp Liberty outside Baghdad International Airport to work every day. Most of their jobs are in construction or contracting. A few own stores at the local bazaar on camp. Putnam says local people are like ghosts to many American soldiers - seen but rarely heard. It's hard to have a conversation, but not impossible.  Go to full article
Bill Goodman, legal director, Center for Consitutional Rights.  Photo by Jimm Collins
Bill Goodman, legal director, Center for Consitutional Rights. Photo by Jimm Collins

Grassroots Group Hears Lawyer's Case Against Bush

Consitutional law expert Bill Goodman visits Elizabethtown for a meeting on impeaching the president. Goodman is the legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. The New York-based non-profit recently published a book detailing the case for impeaching President Bush. Illegal wiretapping is on the top of Goodman's list. He spoke with Douglas Hopper at the gathering.  Go to full article

Farmers Approve Coop Merger

North Country members of Allied federated Coops have approved a merger with Agrimark -- a Massachusetts based coop that's already absorbed Macadam, a well-know local cheese maker. Douglas Hopper reports.  Go to full article

Shipping Season Begins Next Week

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation started breaking ice on the Saint Lawrence River this week. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Icebreaker <i>Robinson Bay</i>
Icebreaker Robinson Bay

Ice Breaking on the St. Lawrence

Ice breaking began on the St. Lawrence Seaway this week. Lighter ice conditions this year are making the job easier than usual. That wasn't the case in 2001 -- when David Sommerstein took this ride on the Robinson Bay.  Go to full article

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