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North Country Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Washington may soon be sending more money to areas hit by hurricane Katrina. Congressional officials expect President Bush to request up to $40 billion in addition to the $10.5 billion approved last week. Martha Foley has more on the response and relief effort nationally and locally.  Go to full article

Gas Prices Volatile; Pols Want Action

Prices jumped another 50 cents at many gas stations yesterday. Local retailers say they're responding to volatile supply prices. New York politicians are beginning to worry that rising prices could depress sales of goods and services, bringing the economy closer to a recession. Saratoga County Republican Assemblyman Roy McDonald started a petition drive to suspend the 4 percent state sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Governor Dispatches Air National Guard

Governor Pataki dispatched a cargo plane New York's Air National Guard to help the relief effort in Louisiana.  Go to full article

School Tests High Tech Bus

A Rochester-area school district is the first in western New York to test what officials there are calling the latest student safety technology. The Brockport Central School District has equipped one of its school buses with global positioning system technology -- allowing the bus to be tracked instantly, anywhere along its route. Bud Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

Freestyle Kayaking Championship Returns to Watertown

For the second year in a row, Watertown will host a major freestyle kayaking competition this weekend on the Black River. Preliminary rounds start today at noon, with the semifinals Saturday, and the finals on Sunday. The event has had to cope with some bad luck. Earlier this summer, a boulder rolled into the wave the kayakers use to perform their tricks. And just two weeks ago, millions of gallons of cow manure floated down the river following a spill near Lowville. Organizer Jamie Mayer says the boulder was removed, the water's clean, and the kayakers aren't deterred. David Sommerstein attended last year's Blackwater Challenge and filed this story.  Go to full article

Tri-Lakes Score Funding in Pataki Visit

As part of his visit to Tupper Lake on Friday, Governor Pataki announced Quality Communities grants totaling $264,000 for more than a half dozen North Country communities.  Go to full article

Commentary: Disabled, or "Just Older"?

Jeff Reifensnyder, of the Massena Independent Living Center, thinks dropping the distinction could benefit senior citizens, and the disabled community.  Go to full article

Growing Older: Disability or Inability?

It's something we all face--growing older. For many of us old age will mean diminished eyesight, hearing, memory and mobility. The U.S. is aging fast. There are more people over 65 now than ever before, and the segment of population 85 and older is growing the fastest. A Georgia Tech study a few years ago found that the percentages of people with disabilities increases significantly with age: 14% by age 40, 30% at age 60, and 46% at age 70. Maintaining independence is a tricky part of growing older. Independence is important to people, but it's not always easy with diminished abilities. And as Todd Moe reports, it's not always easy to talk about, either.  Go to full article

At 44, Still Seeking Her Dream Job

Women with Turner's Syndrome--the disease affects only women--have a damaged X chromosome. Symptoms include infertility, depression and health problems, such as brittle bones and heart ailments. Rebecca Shaney lives in Watertown. She wasn't diagnosed with Turner's until she was 28. When she was 29, she got her master's degree in French. Rebecca is, in her own words, obsessed with French. She's always wanted to be a French teacher. She has taught after school and tutored and been a sub, but she's never landed a full time teaching job. Meanwhile she's cleaned offices, washed dishes, and cashiered. She's currently on disability for a broken hip. She lives well under the poverty line. Rebecca had another job interview this month; we gave her a tape recorder the week before. She brings us this audio diary.

UPDATE: We're proud to update this story. After 16 years of off and on searching, Rebecca Shaney found her first full-time French teaching position this summer. She'll be teaching at the Montessori School in Utica. She got the news in July, and immediately went down to training.

Rebecca will be making a second audio diary for us this September.  Go to full article
Craig Young
Craig Young

Getting a Job: A Success Story

Up to 70% of disabled Americans of working age are unemployed. Two-thirds of those unemployed say they want to work. But barriers to employment include accessibility of worksites, under-education, and public misperceptions about how capable people with disabilities are. And employers don't have time to devote to extra training some people may need. Craig Young is a success story...he's 20 years old, and store manager at the Family Dollar in Gouverneur. He says he couldn't have imagined holding the job a year ago. Greg Warner has his story.  Go to full article

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