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SLU Relay to Benefit the Giving Tree Program

Track and field students at St. Lawrence University will be running a 24-hour relay to benefit the "Giving Tree" program, a charitable organization that serves needy families in the county. Starting at noon today, runners will hit the track in the Newell Field House, where at least one team member will be doing laps throughout the entire 24 hours. Mike Howard is Head Coach for the track team.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton: Bush is More Interested in Rhetoric than Homeland Security

Senator Hillary Clinton is calling on President Bush to put his money where his mouth is. She says it appears the Bush Administration is more interested in homeland security rhetoric than in homeland security itself. The New York Democrat commented after news reports said President Bush will delay paying out funds to local police and emergency agencies. That money was approved by Congress as part of Clinton's Homeland Security Block Grant Act.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Worry About Proposed Changes to Clean Air Act

Friday afternoon, the Bush administration announced it would move to change key provisions of the Clean Air Act. The rules, known as New Source Review, were designed to force power plants to upgrade environmental equipment. Environmental groups, and some government leaders in the Northeastern U.S., worry that the change will mean more of the type of pollution that causes acid rain. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann, who's been following this story.  Go to full article
Matt Bullwinkel, accordion, and Beth Robinson, cello, of <i>Piquant</i> in the NCPR studio.
Matt Bullwinkel, accordion, and Beth Robinson, cello, of Piquant in the NCPR studio.

Piquant Warms up the North Country with Spicy Latin Dance Tunes

The Potsdam ensemble Piquant joined Todd Moe in the studio last month for some Latin dance music: tango, waltz and rhumba! It's cold and gray outside, so get your dancing shoes on and listen again!  Go to full article

Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community parishes is under increasing strain. A shortage of priests has forced the Diocese of Ogdensburg to close churches, and move priests to serve more congregations. The process has continued through the summer and fall. Currently, one in four parishes in the North Country lacks a resident pastor. As Brian Mann reports, the crisis began long before the current sex-abuse scandals, and it's changing the work of the local churches.  Go to full article

Cobb Defeats Incumbent Greenwood For St. Lawrence County Legislative Seat

Political newcomer, Tedra Cobb, Democratic candidate for Legislator in St. Lawrence County, unseated longtime Republican incumbent, Jon Greenwood. Cobb attributes her win to voters who crossed party lines and the nearly 900 Independent voters registered in her district.  Go to full article

Regional Political Round-up

North Country voters head to the polls tomorrow on Election Day. Martha Foley talks with reporters David Sommerstein and Brian Mann about local and regional races.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Voices Opposition to Expanding St. Lawrence River

Senator Hillary Clinton made her opposition to expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway channel plain Friday. Martha Foley talk with Save The River's Stephanie Weiss about the environmental group's fight to kill the expansion plan once and for all.  Go to full article

The Winter Garden

The first hard freeze of the season was last week, and now there's snow in the forecast. What's going on? Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about preparing the garden and lawn for winter.  Go to full article

Review: The Drawer Boy

The prize-winning play The Drawer Boy is currently running at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended a recent performance and has this review, and talks with Todd Moe about her theatrical career and producing a student cabaret recently at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

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