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Governor Andrew Cuomo has pursued an aggressive prison reform agenda in his first term. NCPR File photo: Mark Kurtz
Governor Andrew Cuomo has pursued an aggressive prison reform agenda in his first term. NCPR File photo: Mark Kurtz

Cuomo: "We must raise the age" juveniles are tried as adults

Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday named a new commission to look at whether teenagers should be tried in adult courts in New York. Last year, more than 30,000 16- and 17-year-olds were tried in adult courts in New York.  Go to full article

Report: More NYS children have health insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday shows the percentage of children without insurance dropped from 5.6 percent in 2008 to 4.3 percent in 2012.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Express heading towards Penn Station. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/96536917@N00/8542793641/">P. Romaine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
The Adirondack Express heading towards Penn Station. Photo: P. Romaine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Listen: Goodbye, hometown

It's travel time for a lot of people this week. But one family from the north country recently made a bigger journey than most--all the way to sunny California, and they did the whole trip by train. And they had a one way ticket, the family was making a new start on the west coast. Their mother was feeling shy, but the two brothers met reporter Natasha Haverty in the train's dining car. The 8-year-old Adam, and 15-year-old Julian, who was traveling with his guitar around his neck, are today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Where your money goes when you give at the store

The holidays are a very big time for charitable giving, and that means when you're out shopping, you may be called upon to donate at the register. But if you're feeling charitable and you make that donation, where exactly does the money go - and just how local is "local?" Not surprisingly, it depends on where you drop your coins.

Price Chopper and Stewart's Shops are two major chains in our area that do holiday charitable drives, and they offer very different takes on how your local donation stays local.  Go to full article
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County

Preview: foster parenting information session in Canton

A Foster Parenting Information Night will be held this Thursday (6 pm) at the Human Service Center, second floor conference room, on Highway 310 in Canton. The event is sponsored by the Children's Home of Jefferson County. Todd Moe spoke with Victoria Peck, Director of the St. Lawrence County Foster Care Program.  Go to full article
Jonathan Kozol (pictured here in 2009) was keynote speaker at the Growing Up in Poverty event in Albany. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/89048815@N00/4033701700/">Maureen Sill</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jonathan Kozol (pictured here in 2009) was keynote speaker at the Growing Up in Poverty event in Albany. Photo: Maureen Sill, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What lifts children out of poverty?

New York State continues to have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than any other state. And that poverty can chase them through their entire lives.

Early intervention and support can change that trajectory, according to experts in the field who gathered in Albany last week.  Go to full article

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Cassidy and Hermione. Cassidy says she has to work hard not to obsess about the day her daughter will leave. "You can't get sad about it yet, because everything that you feel they feel." Photo: Natasha Haverty
Cassidy and Hermione. Cassidy says she has to work hard not to obsess about the day her daughter will leave. "You can't get sad about it yet, because everything that you feel they feel." Photo: Natasha Haverty

When should babies stay with their moms in NY prisons?

The number of women in American prisons has gone up 800 percent over the last thirty years, according to the Federal Bureau of Justice. Most of these women are mothers. And about one in twenty of them are pregnant.

Here in New York State, a woman who gives birth while serving time has the chance to stay with her baby in a prison nursery, for up to one year, or eighteen months if the mother is eligible for parole by then.

A Department of Corrections study found that participating in prison nurseries lowers recidivism rates dramatically--cutting the chances of a woman coming back to prison in half.

Researchers say these programs also help the babies, giving them a chance to form secure attachments to their moms.

But in recent years, the numbers of mothers in the prison nurseries have gone down. In our latest installment of the Prison Time Media Project, reporter Natasha Haverty set out to learn why.  Go to full article
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School

School leaders seek answers on bomb hoaxes

The Newtown shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings have left all of America asking questions about security. But schools have been particularly on edge.

Another bomb hoax caused an early dismissal at Norwood-Norfolk central schools on Tuesday, according to NorthCountryNow.com. It's the third in recent weeks at the school. A fake bomb threat forced the evacuation of Madrid-Waddington schools last week.

In St. Lawrence County, there have been at least half a dozen bomb hoaxes at schools in the last month. They've forced school leaders to walk a tightrope between safety and maintaining a normal school day.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco's straw hat and some of his toys are part of the permanent collection at the Adirondack Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn
Arto Monaco's straw hat and some of his toys are part of the permanent collection at the Adirondack Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Arto Monaco's magical world

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn takes a closer look at some of the artifacts from Arto Monaco, creator of the Land of Makebelieve, in Upper Jay.  Go to full article

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