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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/torebelxtguy/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Chris Barker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Chobani responds to toxic whey concerns

New York-based Greek yogurt maker Chobani is responding to criticisms that its process creates large amounts of toxic waste.

There's been a media hub-bub since last week about the so-called dark side of the two-billion dollar Greek yogurt industry.  Go to full article
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb. Photo: Julie Grant

NNY Beekeeper frustrated, but rebuilding hives

Beekeepers nationwide reported a 30-percent loss in bees over last winter. There's concern worldwide about the future of bees. Their numbers have been declining since 2006.

The European Union recently issued a ban on certain farm pesticides, because they've been linked to bee deaths. But the U.S. says pesticides aren't to blame. We took an in depth look at this issue in 2011. Here's a bit from that story:  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Buffalo Democrat calls on Silver to resign

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing pressure to step down, after he acknowledged mishandling sexual harassment complaints against Assembly member Vito Lopez.

Lopez resigned Monday after reports by a special prosecutor and the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics detailed claims by women against him.

Silver has issued an apology for his handling of the case, which spanned years and involved at least four women staffers before it was revealed.  Go to full article
Railroad tracks, Potsdam, NY. Photo: <a href-"http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmandle/2944528275/">Dan Mandle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Railroad tracks, Potsdam, NY. Photo: Dan Mandle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Man critical after being hit by train in Potsdam

A man is in critical condition at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, after being hit by a train in Potsdam.  Go to full article
EJ Noble is allowed to re-start many lab services. Photo: Julie Grant
EJ Noble is allowed to re-start many lab services. Photo: Julie Grant

NYS allows Gouverneur's EJ Noble Hospital to expand lab services

E. J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur has gotten approval to expand its lab services. The state forced E.J. Noble to close down last fall, after it found safety problems in the lab.  Go to full article
People gather at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for Wednesday's meeting. Photo: Julie Grant
People gather at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for Wednesday's meeting. Photo: Julie Grant

Job losses big concern if Ogdensburg psych center closes

The state Office of Mental Health could decide as soon as Monday whether it will close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

This week, the state held a meeting to listen to the community's comments about the center. One topic many people brought up was jobs: The Ogdensburg facility employs more than 500 people.  Go to full article
North Country leaders, citizens, and patient families listen to the state's plans for its mental health hospitals. Photo: Julie Grant
North Country leaders, citizens, and patient families listen to the state's plans for its mental health hospitals. Photo: Julie Grant

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center awaits its fate

The state plans to decide next week which mental health hospitals it's going to close, and which will be chosen as what the state's calling "Regional Centers of Excellence." That's the word from New York's Acting Commissioner for Mental Health. Kristin Woodlock wrapped up her "listening tour" of hospitals around the state in Ogdensburg on Wednesday.  Go to full article
Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the fight to keep the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center open. Photo NYS Senate
Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the fight to keep the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center open. Photo NYS Senate

Community to rally for St Lawrence Pysch Center

More than 300 people were registered to attend a meeting at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center in Ogdensburg Wednesday morning, as the New York State Office of Mental Health is making a stop on its "listening tour," as it considers changing the way mental health services are delivered.  Go to full article
Thousand Islands border crossing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friscocali/5066698146/">Friscocali</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Thousand Islands border crossing. Photo: Friscocali, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US won't move forward with Canada border fee, North Country relieved

Leaders on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border are pleased that the U.S. isn't moving forward on a border crossing fee.

The Department of Homeland Security recently asked Congress to authorize a border fee study. The department wanted to charge everyone entering the U.S. by land from Canada and Mexico.  Go to full article
Physician Assistant Brittani Bickel, and patient Nancy McIntosh.  Photo: Julie Grant
Physician Assistant Brittani Bickel, and patient Nancy McIntosh. Photo: Julie Grant

Care continues in Harrisville despite clinic closure

E.J. Noble Hospital is trying to get its financial footing after a tough year. The Gouverneur-based hospital was forced to shut down last fall by the state health department, because of safety problems in the lab. The troubles stemmed from a lack of resources.

Now EJ Noble has a new hospital board, and a new CEO, and it's making decisions to improve the bottom line, including closing two rural clinics.  Go to full article

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