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Preview: First Frost AIDS Walk in Watertown

The 6th annual First Frost AIDS Walk will be Sunday, October 16th at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown. Money raised at the event will help support the Teen AIDS Task Force program and client support services. Todd Moe talks with Jennifer Kahn, an HIV Educator at AIDS Community Resources, in Watertown.  Go to full article
The Reverend Maurice and Thandi Munthali. Maurice is pastor of Saint Andrews CCAP Church in Malawi, Livingstonia Synod. (photo: Presbyterian Church USA)
The Reverend Maurice and Thandi Munthali. Maurice is pastor of Saint Andrews CCAP Church in Malawi, Livingstonia Synod. (photo: Presbyterian Church USA)

Malawi Pastor Shares Stories of AIDS Pandemic

AIDS is out of control in most of Africa. Almost 30 million people are infected in the countries of southern Africa alone. About one fifth of Malawi's adults have HIV/AIDS. A staggering 2.5 million of the country's 12.5 million people are infected. AIDS is the single biggest factor that keeps Malawi one of the poorest countries in the world. It robs its economy of its most productive workers. After losing three of his own brothers and their wives to the AIDS pandemic, the Reverend Maurice Munthali and his wife, Thandie, with three of their own children, adopted his brothers' 12 children. Pastor Munthalie toured the North Country earlier this month, visiting church and community leaders from Watertown to Plattsburgh, with a message of grace and hope. He spoke by phone with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Photos by Adam Wheeler
Photos by Adam Wheeler

Ice Climbing for Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County based program called North Country Adolescent Outreach uses outdoor adventures to build self-esteem in troubled teens and train them to share their strengths with other kids. David Sommerstein went ice climbing with a group on Azure Mountain and has our story.  Go to full article

Pataki Refuses to Release Member Item Funds

Governor George Pataki is refusing to release funds for legislative member items, saying they were allocated unconstitutionally. Groups that provide services for people with AIDS and HIV say they rely on some of that money, and are worried about the delay that the dispute is causing. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Black/Puerto Rican Lawmakers Ask Pataki to Restore AIDS Funding

Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have joined with provider groups to ask that funding for AIDS and HIV treatment cut by Governor Pataki be restored. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Panel Considers Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

Advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana are targeting New York State, aiming to convince more state lawmakers that some people with cancer, AIDS and other chronic conditions need the drug to improve their health. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Unveils Plan for Legalized Medical Marijuana

The most conservative candidate in the race for governor has come out with a plan to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The announcements by businessman Tom Golisano, comes as the Independence Party's candidate gained ground in a new poll. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

AIDS Protest in Albany

61 people were arrested at the state capitol Tuesday as they protested for more funding for AIDS services. Protesters criticized the Pataki administration, saying its proposed budget would cut $18 million in treatment and outreach programs. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

First Frost AIDS Walk: Local Program Benefit this Sunday in Watertown

Todd Moe talks with Will Murtaugh, an organizer of the First Frost AIDS Walk in Watertown this Sunday--participants will raise money for AIDS programs in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.  Go to full article

SLU Students Bike Across Montana for AIDS Research

To date, 19 million people have died of AIDS worldwide, and another 34 million are infected with HIV, the virus that causes the disease. Like all research projects funding is essential to its progress. So to help raise money, bicyclists from across the nation, including St. Lawrence University, will take part in this summer's Montana AIDS Vaccine Ride. Jody Tosti spoke with students preparing for the 575-mile trek over the continental divide.  Go to full article

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