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NCPR News Staff: Jody Tosti

Stories filed by Jody Tosti


NYS Senate Calls for Budget Reform

For the seventeenth straight year, New York lawmakers have failed to pass a state budget by the April 1 deadline. In response, the state Senate is calling for budget reform again this year. Jody Tosti spoke with Sen. Ray Meier about the Senate majority's eight-point plan.  Go to full article

Hermon-DeKalb Students Fast to Fight Hunger

Students in Hermon DeKalb High School are giving up food for a day to help fight hunger in St. Lawrence County. For the fourth year, teens will forgo meals and snacks for 30 hours to help replenish area food pantries. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

The Ritalin Controversy

The controversy over the use and abuse of Ritalin has created a national debate among doctors, parents and teachers. The drug is a stimulant and used in the treatment of ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But with the number of kids taking a prescribed stimulant doubling since 1995, parents as well as health professionals are questioning the growing practice of using medications to regulate behavior. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Locals Suit Up for Polar Bear Dive

It's March in the North Country and that means its time to put on your bathing suit and go for a swim. Sounds crazy, but for seven straight years, that's just what some daring dippers have done to help support emergency medical services across St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti spent the day at the Raquette River, trying to keep warm while watching the Polar Bear Dive:

The annual fundraiser is held at the Shoreline Restaurant and benefits a different St. Lawrence County emergency medical service each year. This year, dippers brought in more than $6,000 for the Potsdam Rescue Squad.  Go to full article

Fire Protection Degree at JCC Could Increase Number of Firefighters in North Country

A new curriculum for future firefighters may be coming to Jefferson Community College. Its still in the early stages, but college and area fire officials are putting their heads together to find out if a Fire Protection Technology program is viable on the JCC campus. As Jody Tosti reports, the new course would allow students more time in the classroom instead of the car.  Go to full article

Area Women Take Automotive Workshop

If you've ever brought your car in for repairs and left feeling like the job wasn't done right, you're not alone. In a AAA survey of a million motorists, nearly half said their auto repairs were unsatisfactory. The list of complaints included not fixing the problem, causing new problems, and under-estimating the bill. To avoid repair shop stereotypes, women are learning more about their cars and doing some of the repairs themselves. Jody Tosti spent the day with a group of women learning the basics of car care.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Visits JCC

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made a pair of appearances in upstate New York yesterday to outline her economic development plan and to reinforce her campaign commitments to revitalize the upstate economy. Senator Clinton spoke at events in Rome and at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, where she pledged to promote the North Country as a great place for businesses to locate and expand. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Gas Lobbies for Public Funding of Pipeline

St. Lawrence Gas Company is calling on local, county, and state politicians to support an extension project into St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. The company is banking on partial state funding for gasline construction. It will outline its lobbying efforts at a meeting with the public, and a competing gas company, in Malone next week. As Jody Tosti reports, the expansion would bring natural gas to some smaller towns, for the first time.  Go to full article

Potsdam Coop Plans Wood-fired Bakery

A small town in Italy is helping shape the future of the Potsdam Food Co-op. This summer, the Co-op plans to open a bakery, complete with a wood-fired brick oven. The idea comes from a co-op member who, after trips to northern Italy, built a brick hearth in his backyard. As Jody Tosti reports, the European influences will give the co-ops bakery a unique look and its breads a unique flavor.  Go to full article

Voting Machines

It-s been 11 years since the Town of Lawrence spent nearly $15,000 on three new electronic voting machines. It was a big investment, and the town had to foot the bill on its own. Town officials just wanted to replace their 60-year-old pull-lever machines. They had no idea they would be setting an example for future election reform. But after this fall's election debacle, when the nation watched court battles about punch-cards and hanging chads, New York politicians are now looking to make the voting process easier and more accurate. And, they're looking to the North Country for some help. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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