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Malone Hospital Strike Update

Union and hospital officials say talks are moving forward in the week-old strike at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Martha Foley has an update.  Go to full article

Franklin County Redistricting Plan Struck Down

Franklin County legislators are weighing their options after a new redistricting plan was ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court Justice David Demarest last week. Legislative Chairman Earl Lavoie of Malone told the Malone Telegram it's not likely the county will appeal the ruling. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

County Budgets Under Pressure

Counties have been bracing for this year's budgets for months. Fiscal troubles at the state level, rising Medicaid costs, the economic downturn add up to increasing pressures at the local level. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in Franklin County, says there are 90 different species of mosquitoes, but the ones that carry West Nile are most active in August.  Go to full article

Franklin County Voting Plan Challenged in Court

The Republican Party and a group of independent activists are pushing to change the legislative districts in Franklin County. The districts were drafted by the county legislature, which is controlled by Democrats. Critics say the boundary lines are lopsided and give some parts of the county unfair clout. As Brian Mann reports, a lawsuit has been filed, but both sides say they're close to a settlement.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article

Tribe Divided Over Land and Casino Deal

The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the state and criticism among tribal members. The agreement, which also involves a casino deal, will go through. David Sommerstein helps sort out the complications.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Near Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. But a signing ceremony for the settlement worth 100 million dollars was postponed at the last minute yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Creating Safe Places for Domestic Violence Victims

A North Country intervention group is working with local faith-based organizations to help train clergy in the dynamics of domestic violence. The objective of the daylong seminar this May in Lake Placid is to help clergy create a place where victims feel safe enough to talk about being abused.
Jan Demers has first-hand experience in the positive effects of talking about domestic violence intervention programs. She's eager to show how clergy and their congregations can help stop the cycle of domestic violence. She spoke with Jody Tosti.  Go to full article

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