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Assembly Bill Would Relieve Local Medicaid Costs

Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine is hailing a decision by the state Assembly to relieve counties across New York of millions of dollars in previously owned Medicaid debt. Aubertine says the Medicaid relief means a savings of $1.2 million for Jefferson County, and $1.4 million for St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton's President Celebrates 10 Years in Office

SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy is celebrating ten years as head of the technology school this week. The Canton college has grown considerably in the decade since Kennedy took over, including almost 20 new professors and record enrollment growth this year.  Go to full article

NY Nat'l Guard Reservists Bound for Iraq

An infantry battalion of the New York National Guard has been mobilized by the Defense Department for service in the Middle East. More than 100 people from units based in Saranac Lake, Ogdensburg, Morrisonville and Glens Falls are among the 670 members of the 27th Light Infantry Brigade, scheduled to be deployed to Iraq this winter.  Go to full article

Defense Bill Would Fund Research at NC Colleges

Congress is putting finishing touches on a $368 billion defense spending bill for next year. The House of Representatives approved the measure Wednesday, The Senate is expected to follow suit soon. The bill includes good news for two institutions in the North Country.  Go to full article

North Creek Soldier Killed in Baghdad

The mother of 31-year-old Kevin Kimmerly of North Creek has flown to a U.S. Amry base in Germany to be with the body of her son. Staff Sergeant Kimmerly was killed in Baghdad Monday when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. He's the second soldier from the North Country to die in military service this month.  Go to full article

Clinton: Bush Renegs on Promise to Save Americorps

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Bush is breaking a promise to her husband to protect one of the Clintons' favorite programs. The New York senator has told AmeriCorps supporters that Bill Clinton spoke with Bush as they were changing leadership of the nation, and that the only think her husband asked President Bush to take care of was AmeriCorps and national service. Senator Clinton says so far, Bush has not fulfilled that promise.  Go to full article

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed, Including One from Potsdam

A 23-year-old Potsdam man was one of the two Tenth Mountain Division soldiers killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Chad Fuller died Sunday when his unit engaged Taliban guerillas in eastern Afghanistan.  Go to full article

Seedcorn to Launch Local Currency: North Country Notes

The deadline to submit designs for North Country Notes is quickly approaching. The idea is to promote businesses through the use of a local currency. North Country Notes is a project of SeedCorn, a non-profit group in Potsdam. The local currency is expected to be in use in Canton and Potsdam by this fall.  Go to full article

Mars: A Close Encounter Call-in

Mars is closer to Earth than it's been in 60,000 years. Host Martha Foley and St. Lawrence University astronomers Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeff Miller held a special call-in on what's up in the sky and why. They took listener questions about Mars and other night and daytime phenomena.  Go to full article

Aubertine Voices Blackout Concerns

As a member of the Assembly's Energy Committee, Darrel Aubertine represented the North Country during yesterday's hearings. The first-term Assemblyman says the hearings will allow committee members to refine their focus.  Go to full article

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