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Avian flu has made headlines globally (Source:  Nature Magazine
Avian flu has made headlines globally (Source: Nature Magazine

Influenza a Global Risk: One Town Plans Ahead

Avian influenza is still extremely rare. Fewer than a hundred people have died worldwide. But many scientists worry that the risk of a deadly influenza strain spreading among humans has been growing. A full-blown pandemic could quickly overwhelm America's medical infrastructure, especially in rural areas. In Saranac Lake, an informal group of scientists, county health officials, and hospital workers began meeting last fall. As Brian Mann reports, they say an avian flu outbreak will require a community response that goes well beyond the hospital door. This report first aired in October 2005.  Go to full article

Alito Hearing Focus

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito move into the question phase today. Alito is virtually guaranteed a tough grilling. In opening statements yesterday, Democrats made it clear they'll quiz him about abortion and presidential power. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Pataki Remembers Stafford

In past state of the state addresses, Governor Pataki made direct references to future North Country projects. This year, he remembered state senator Ron Stafford, from Plattsburgh, who died last June. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Robbery a Factor in Slaying of Store Owners

Investigators say robbery was a motive in the murder of a couple found dead at their residence near Plattsburgh. Police say 67-year-old David Donivan and his 46-year-old wife Lorraine were murdered between December 20th and 29th. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)

Lake Placid Olympic Coach Accused of Harrassment

National skeleton sled team coach Tim Nardiello has been accused of sexual harassment by several female team members. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

A Raid on Insurgents in Baghdad

Bill Putnam kept us in touch throughout this year, first as an Army public affairs officer, then as a freelance photo-journalist. Putnam is now embedded with the 10th Mt. Division in Iraq, and will be filing stories from there over the next six weeks.

One of the first stories he sent this year aired January 10, less than three weeks before Iraq's national election. Insurgent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and citizens were a continuing threat. The week before, the commander of American ground forces in Iraq told the New York Times four of 18 provinces in the country were still not safe enough for people to vote. One of those provinces was Baghdad itself, where then-Corporal Bill Putnam was stationed with the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Troops were busy conducting raids to find insurgent leaders. Putnam went on one raid in the Al-Rashid neighborhood of Baghdad. Soldiers were looking for a suspected cell leader of Sunni insurgents. Here's Putnam's audio diary.  Go to full article

People: Balladeer Lee Knight

Todd Moe talks with folk balladeer Lee Knight. He grew up in Saranac Lake and now lives in North Carolina. He performs regularly at concerts, folk festivals and camps, telling stories, singing ballads and calling dances. Knight's CD of Adirondack music is called Adirondack Ballads and Folk Songs. He has dedicated his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians.  Go to full article

15 Retailers Fined for Sharp Rise in Gas Prices

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has imposed penalties on 15 gas stations across the state for unfair price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire

Lodge Gave A Home To Local Art

Artists around the north country are mourning the loss of the Lake Placid Lodge. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton: Republicans Behaving like the Grinch

New York Senator Hillary Clinton took aim yesterday at budget cuts proposed by her republican colleagues. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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