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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

Fiery Crash at Northway Checkpoint Leaves 4 Dead

At least four people are dead after a fiery crash Sunday afternoon at a controversial immigration checkpoint on the Northway. Officials say at least six accidents have occurred at the traffic stop this year. Brian Mann has details.

Two Canadians were also killed last week in an accident at a border checkpoint near Buffalo. Fritz Lippold, age 75, was driving toward the Peace Bridge when he struck a tractor trailer idling near an on-ramp. State police believe Lippold didn't realize traffic was stopped and never hit his brakes before slamming into the truck at high speed. Lippold, a resident of Port Colborne, Ontario, died Friday morning at a Buffalo hospital. His wife, Doreen, was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say signs along the highway warn motorists to be alert for traffic backups near the bridge.  Go to full article
Administering antibiotics.<br />Source:  AMC
Administering antibiotics.
Source: AMC

In Franklin County, Training for the Unthinkable

Public health agencies in Franklin County announced this week that they had completed a two-day mock bio-terror drill. The training session, which ran August 18 and 19, was designed to test coordination between a dozen different organizations ranging from the Red Cross to local hospitals to the public schools. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Canadian Pacific Suit Challenges APA Tower Limits

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency established a new policy, designed to limit the visual impact of broadcast towers. Despite their convenience, many people see cell phone and microwave towers as eyesores. Now, the Park Agency's policy faces major challenges. Canadian Pacific Railway has sued the APA in Federal Court over a 4-tower project in the Champlain valley. And Saratoga County hopes to build three new towers on mountaintops in the southern Adirondacks. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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