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Akwesasne: Two Countries, One Nation and the Border

As the federal government seeks to beef up border security since September 11th, it's begun working with tribal governments to make patrolling these areas more effective. The lands of the Akwesasne Mohawks near Massena are actually split in two by the U.S.-Canada border. As David Sommerstein reports, the area highlights both the challenges of border security on and near reservations and some new initiatives in border patrol.  Go to full article

Wolves South of the St. Lawrence River?

Scientists are testing a wolf-like carcass found on the south side of the St. Lawrence River, in Quebec. Some researchers say a small pack of wolves might be living in the wilderness just north of the U.S-Vermont border. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ambassador to Canada Visits North Country

Paul Celucci, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada and former governor of Massachusetts, discussed cross-border issues with North Country leaders Tuesday in Potsdam. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cross-border Trade and Tighter Security

Business groups in New York are lobbying in Washington to curb delays at the U.S.-Canadian border, in northern and western parts of the state. The business leaders say the new security precautions since September 11th are hurting trade. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Massena-Cornwall Mutual Aid Plan

An agreement approved by St. Lawrence County lawmakers will allow for better cooperation with Canadian officials during severe emergencies. Officials from the village of Massena and the City of Cornwall are finalizing details of a cross-border mutual aid contract. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Border Security in Akwesasne Since 9/11

The U-S has stepped up border security in the year since September 11th with more patrol officers, greater scrutiny at border crossings, and new collaboration with Canada. Washington has also been working with the 19 tribes whose lands lie along the borders. The Akwesasne Mohawk reservation actually straddles the border east of Massena, and is known as one of the most difficult areas to patrol. David Sommerstein checks in with Mohawk police to see how their job has changed.  Go to full article

Cross Border Commerce Since 9/11

A year after last September's terror attacks, the world's longest undefended border has become a much tighter frontier. Bob Keyes of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa says ever since terrorists took down the World Trade Center, the 49th parallel has become more difficult to cross, especially for Canadian businesses trying to peddle goods in the U-S. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Algerian Refugees: Unwanted In Canada, Frightened Of Home

The government of Canada is preparing to deport more than a thousand Algerians, now living in the city of Montreal. The Algerians came to Canada over the last decade, fleeing their country's vicious civil war. Many of those on the deportation list say they'll be persecuted or killed, if sent home. But their case is complicated by the fact that Algerian refugees in Canada have been linked to more than a dozen acts of terrorism. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports from Montreal.  Go to full article

Canadian Border Guards Near Plattsburgh Exposed to Tuberculosis: Health Officials Say Case Poses No Public Risk

Five Canadian workers at the Champlain border crossing, north of Plattsburgh, have been infected with tuberculosis. Officials say the source was a refugee, detained at the border for several days. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of travelers may have been exposed, but north country health officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Update: A spokesman for the US Customs service says there've been no recent cases of TB exposure among American border agents. Mike McMullen says infectious diseases are a well-known hazard for workers at the border. Testing and vaccinations are offered regularly. According to McMullen, the recent case won't affect safety procedures at the Champlain crossing.  Go to full article

New Immigration Laws: Confusion and Crowding at Shelters in Plattsburgh

Changes in Canadian immigration laws are causing nearly 100 refugees to take up temporary housing at the Plattsburgh Salvation Army. Immigrants from across the world are being turned away at the border and give appointments to come back to apply for entry at a later date. For some, that could mean a couple of weeks in the shelter. But money is tight at the Salvation Army and with more refugees expected, the organization is looking to its community for support. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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