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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

Bush Defends Troubled Medicare Program

President Bush used a western New York high school gym yesterday as the setting to defend Medicare's new prescription drug benefit plan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Little's "Ethan Allen" Insurance Bill Moves Forward

The Senate passed a bill yesterday that requires public boat operators in New York to purchase marine liability insurance. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

The Spring Sky, Venus as a Morning Friend

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about the spring sky.  Go to full article

Inside the Seaway's Aging Locks

The locks and channels of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are getting old. Some were built more than 75 years ago. The U.S. and Canada are conducting a multi-million dollar study to determine how to keep the aging waterway functional, so ships can continue to haul cargo between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. While the Seaway is closed in winter, workers empty the locks of their water for annual maintenance. Last year, David Sommerstein climbed eight stories down to the bottom of the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. He filed this report.  Go to full article

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