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Dry Conditions Spark More Burn Bans

Franklin County is the latest to issue a ban on burning trash or debris outdoors. St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties also have bans in place. Nearly two weeks with little or no rainfall and lots of sun have led to hundreds of brush fires across the North Country. Volunteer fire departments are being stretched thin. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton County Child Dies On 4-wheeler

State police say an eight-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon while riding an ATV in Schuyler Falls in Clinton County. Jordan Burdick was apparently trapped when the vehicle rolled. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Crash Kills 2 At Paul Smiths College

A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week.  Go to full article

Northway Checkpoint Draws More Criticism

Two Republican congressmen from northern New York say the U.S. Border Patrol isn't moving quickly enough to correct "flaws" at an immigration checkpoint on I-87. Four people died at the traffic stop in September. As Brian Mann reports, the lawmakers say the checkpoint should be closed until safety questions are answered.  Go to full article

NTSB: Traffic Warnings at I87 Checkpoint "Ineffective"

The National Transportation Safety Board says safety measures at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway are "ineffective" and contradictory. In a report issued late last week, the NTSB urged the Department of Homeland Security to develop national guidelines for traffic stop on highways. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
At work far from home
At work far from home

For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of Jamaican workers were arriving in the Champlain Valley to help with the fall apple harvest. These last weeks, the men have struggled to support their families while far from home. As Brian Mann reports, this has been a season of worry, but also a season of faith.

Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund: Donations can be sent to Peru Community Church, PO Box 38, Peru, NY 12972. Make checks payable to church, but specify that funds are meant for Ivan relief.  Go to full article

Pressure Mounts Over I-87 Immigration Checkpoint

The U.S. Border Patrol faces growing pressure over a controversial immigration checkpoint on I-87. Four people were killed in a crash at the site earlier this month. More than fifty others were injured in February. As Martha Foley reports, two north country congressmen met with the agency on Wednesday.  Go to full article

Border Patrol Faces More I-87 Checkpoint Questions

Two New York congressmen will meet with Border Patrol officials today in Washington. Republicans John McHugh and John Sweeney will question the Border Patrol about safety measures at a controversial immigration checkpoint on I-87. As Brian Mann reports, both lawmakers have called for changes.  Go to full article

Trucker Charged in Fatal Crash, Victims Identified

A truck driver from Quebec City is being held without bail this morning at the Essex County jail in Elizabethtown, following Sunday's fatal crash at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway. As Martha Foley reports, four victims have been identified, including a five year old girl.  Go to full article

Border Patrol Faces I-87 Checkpoint Safety Questions

The victims of Sunday's crash were parked at an immigration checkpoint set up by the U.S. Border Patrol. This is the second major accident at the traffic stop in less than a year. But officials say the checkpoint will re-open after the investigation is complete. As Brian Mann reports, some locals say the program is unsafe.  Go to full article

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