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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

Leahy, Owens oppose US-Canada border fee

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has joined the fight against a border fee.

The Department of Homeland Security last month proposed a study to assess the "feasibility and cost" of collecting a fee from people crossing by land into the U.S. from Canada.  Go to full article
A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Photo: US Dept. of Defense
A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Photo: US Dept. of Defense

Schumer: new missile defense site should be in NY

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Defense to consider New York for an East Coast missile defense site.  Go to full article
EJ Noble Hospital's new CEO Marlinda LaValley, and new board chair Michael Burgess. Photo: Julie Grant
EJ Noble Hospital's new CEO Marlinda LaValley, and new board chair Michael Burgess. Photo: Julie Grant

EJ Noble Hospital: 'We're open for business'

E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur has had a tough year. Last fall, the State Department of Health forced it to close down, after finding numerous safety violations in the hospital lab.

Most of the problems have been corrected. The hospital has new management and a new board of directors. Now it needs the patients to return.  Go to full article
Crews containing a forest fire along the tracks between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake last summer. Photo: <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Crews containing a forest fire along the tracks between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake last summer. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Why there's a burn ban for the next week

The snowy, cold early spring has quickly given way to wildfire season. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation cautions people against residential brush burning and other outdoor fires.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's strict new smoking ban takes effect Saturday.
St. Lawrence County's strict new smoking ban takes effect Saturday.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, St. Lawrence County

Today is the last day tobacco use is permitted on St. Lawrence County property. A ban takes effect Saturday that outlaws smoking, chewing, and other tobacco uses on property owned or leased by the county.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930

Ogdensburg leaders speak out for psych center

The state Office of Mental Health (OMH) plans a public forum this month at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. The office is considering downsizing, and even closing some of its facilities.

Leaders in Ogdensburg are speaking out: they say they want the North Country center to remain open.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

Why Sen. Schumer wants Medicare changes

Senator Charles Schumer will be at Samaritan Hospital in Watertown Tuesday, pushing for changes to the Medicare law. He says elderly patients are being charged unfairly for nursing home care and prescription drugs after being hospitalized.  Go to full article
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms. Photo: David Sommerstein
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms. Photo: David Sommerstein

Schumer says immigration bill will help NY dairy farms

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a new bipartisan immigration deal will provide an economic boost to New York farms and the agriculture industry.

In a press release, Schumer says the bill will be especially helpful to dairy farms and fruit growers.  Go to full article
Laura and Pat Monroe-Duprey on the way to yesterday's Boston Marathon.
Laura and Pat Monroe-Duprey on the way to yesterday's Boston Marathon.

Canton marathoner turned back by bombs

Federal investigators say no one has claimed responsibility for the Boston Marathon attack that killed three people and wounded more than 140.

Officials say the two bombs that went off near the finish line at the Marathon were about 100 yards and 10 seconds apart. They knocked people down, shattered windows and sent dense plumes of smoke rising over the street.

A senior U.S. intelligence official says as many as two unexploded bombs were also found near the finish line, but they were safely disarmed.

Canton native Laura Monroe-Duprey and her husband were running the race together. He was running with an injury, so at mile 18, she pulled ahead of him.

Julie Grant spoke with Monroe-Duprey last night. She said when the explosion happened, she was nearing the last turn in the course, about a tenth of a mile from the finish line.  Go to full article
A worker checks finished yogurt cups at the North Country Dairy in North Lawrence. Photo: Courtesy Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
A worker checks finished yogurt cups at the North Country Dairy in North Lawrence. Photo: Courtesy Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

Milk culture: touring the North Country yogurt plant

A couple of years ago, things looked bad for dairy processing in North Lawrence. Healthy Food Holdings was shutting down its Breyer's yogurt plant, and laying off more than 100 workers.

But within weeks, the plant was quietly purchased by the Upstate Niagara Cooperative. The Buffalo-based dairy processor renamed the plant the North Country Dairy. It says yogurt is on an upward trend in New York State, and the Cooperative wants to be part of that.

Many food manufacturers guard trade secrets tightly, and won't allow visitors. Upstate Niagara wouldn't allow the North Country plant manager to talk on tape for a story. But he did take me on a full tour of the facility.  Go to full article

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