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Posters lines the National Mall
Posters lines the National Mall

Student Activism Alive and Well

If last Sunday's March for Women's Lives is any indication, student activism is alive and well. Throngs of college students with backpacks and homemade signs gathered in the National Mall in Washington DC. They came from as far away as Alaska and California to form a collective voice of concern about the future of reproductive rights in America. They also came from Potsdam. About 30 SUNY students left late Saturday night on a bus headed for the Capitol. Jody Tosti was along for the ride and has this story.  Go to full article

SLU Students Help Out in Family Court

College students are helping bring kids and their parents together through a program with St. Lawrence University and St. Lawrence County Family Court. Parents granted the right to supervised visits with their kids, are being deprived due to a shortage of volunteers. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

Agricultural Coops Given Empire Zone Benefits

Legislation approved by Governor Pataki yesterday will allow dairy cooperatives to receive Empire Zone benefits. The Empire Zone program offers tax incentives to encourage job creation and economic development. Proponents of the new law say agribusinesses can now enjoy the same advantages that Empire Zones bring to other industries. As Jody Tosti reports, this could be good news for Canton.  Go to full article

Heroin Takes More Lives Than Traffic Accidents in Vermont

More people died in Vermont last year from drug use than traffic accidents. As Jody Tosti reports, that's the first time that has happened.  Go to full article
Heuvelton presented Sen. Schumer with a commemorative blanket.
Heuvelton presented Sen. Schumer with a commemorative blanket.

Collapsed Oswegatchie Retaining Wall Gets Federal Help

The swollen Oswegatchie River is threatening a heavily-trafficked bridge in the village of Heuvelton. A large amount of spring rain has caused the collapse of a retaining wall which is in danger of falling into the river. If that happens, local officials are worried the river will continue to erode the land and damage the bridge. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited the site yesterday with news that funding to fix the problem is on the way. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Abortion Drug RU-486 Now Available In Saranac Lake

The abortion drug mifepristone is now available in Franklin County for the first time.The drug is more commonly known as RU-486. Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood has been offering it at its Plattsburgh headquarters since 2002, and has now expanded the service to its Saranac Lake offices. CEO Kathie Wunderlich spoke with Jody Tosti about the lack of abortion access in the North Country and why the abortion drug was slow to make it to the United States.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Planned Parenthood Prepares for Protest

As many as 150 anti-choice picketers are expected outside the Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood office in Plattsburgh today as part of a Good Friday prayer vigil. Workers at the health care center are worried the protestors might intimidate visitors to the clinic. So a group of volunteers has offered to escort people through the picket lines. Planned Parenthood is also trying to put a positive spin on the protest and is asking the public to "pledge a picketer." Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Clinton and Spitzer Call for Hearings on Bush Mercury Plan

45 US Senators, including seven Republicans, and nine Attorneys General asked President Bush last week to withdraw his proposal to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. Hillary Clinton and Elliot Spitzer are now calling for hearings to examine how the Bush Administration developed its proposal, which critics say is not protective of public health. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Officials Look at Future of Canton Kraft Plant

A local task force met for the second time yesterday since Kraft announced that it would close its Canton operations at the end of June. These meetings are a way to hash out potential ideas for the future of the Kraft plant, which has a long history of cheese-making in St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti was at the meeting where officials, including Congressman John McHugh and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine heard about what could be the next chapter in the plant's long story in the North Country.  Go to full article

Canton Pursues Free Wireless Internet

Free use of the Internet: that's the idea behind a project called Access Canton. It's still in the idea stage, but with some funding through Sen. Jim Wright's office, a study is being done to see if an open-access network can work in Canton. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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