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Former North Country Priest Sued For Sexual Assault

A Saratoga county man is suing two former priests and the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany for alleged sexual abuse. The case was filed on Tuesday. 41-year-old Michael Mooney claims he was molested in the early seventies and hopes to win three million dollars in compensation. As Brian Mann reports, one of the priests worked as a minister at the Glens Falls hospital in the 1990s after receiving counseling for alleged sexual misconduct.  Go to full article

State Sues 'Loan Shark' Preying on Soldiers

Last week New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a lawsuit against a North Country lending firm for being a loan-sharking operation that preys on cash-strapped military families. The suit alleges a company called JAG NY has defrauded hundreds of people of thousands of dollars by offering loans at illegally high interest rates. The company operates three stores called New York Catalog Sales, one in Queensbury and two near Fort Drum. David Sommerstein spoke with Attorney General spokesperson Christine Pritchard about the case. She says New York Catalog Sales takes advantage of military families with limited incomes. The complaint number is 800-771-7755.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Death Penalty Reform

State lawmakers are still working on how to fix New York's death penalty law, after the state's highest court struck down portions of the statute earlier this summer. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Request Border Security Funding

The maze of islands and St. Lawrence River channels along the St. Regis Reservation near Massena have given the Akwesasne Mohawk community a reputation for smuggling. In the 30s, alcohol came across a mostly porous border with Canada by boat and automobile. In the 1990s the contraband was cigarettes. Around 2000, it was illegal aliens. Today, smugglers favor hydroponic marijuana from Canada. Mohawk tribal police work closely with law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada to stem the tide of illegal border crossings. Yet the tribal police receive no money from Washington for their efforts - even as border security funding rises in response to international terrorism. As David Sommerstein reports, Mohawk chiefs are trying to change that.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform Groups Urge Action this Year

Groups involved in reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws have joined together to put pressure on a joint legislative conference committee that will meet on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Report Links Child Abuse with Violent Crime

A coalition of law enforcement officers, crime victims advocates, and child abuse prevention groups say helping abused and neglected kids can make a big difference in preventing future crime. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

SLU Grapples With Hate Speech & Threats

Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses across the country. St. Lawrence University is coping with several recent cases of violence, threats of violence, and discrimination. The incidents range from racial and homophobic slurs to a phoned death threat and a physical assault on a campus running trail. As David Sommerstein reports, the incidents have sparked a debate over how to confront a very persistent problem.  Go to full article

SLU Students on Hate Speech, Assault

David Sommerstein talked with St. Lawrence University students outside the student center to learn how they see discriminatory harassment issues on campus.  Go to full article

Argentinean Mothers Lobby for Reform of NY Drug Laws

Reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws is an issue that has stagnated at the New York State Capitol, despite expressions of support from all of the major political players. Now, advocates are getting some help from the Argentinean Mothers of the Disappeared, who came to Albany to express solidarity with families who say they've lost a loved one to a long prison term. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Arson Probe Still Searching

State and tribal police are baffled over an unprecedented arson spree on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. Since October 2002, suspicious blazes have consumed more than 70 abandoned buildings, the latest on January 1st. Several cars have been burnt since then. The Mohawk territory spans the international border and the St. Lawrence River. Police say those boundaries have impeded the search for suspects. David Sommerstein spoke with Charles Bishop, the New York State Police investigator in Massena who's heading the investigation.  Go to full article

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