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Stream Begins Hiring

Stream International is hiring its first 175 customer support agents for its new call center in Watertown. David Sommerstein reports the first wave of employment comes three months later than expected due to the slow business climate.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Trails Still Closed as Insurance Problems Continue

State officials continue to talk with insurance companies about protecting landowners and snowmobile clubs from liability for accidents on private trails. Clubs closed thousands of miles of trails across the state last week due to inadequate insurance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Jefferson County Republican Head Steps Down

Jefferson County's head Republican will step down at the end of the month. Jim Leana cites personal reasons for his decision, not defeats in last month's elections. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Stream Awaits Clients in Watertown

High-tech support company Stream International is delaying the opening of its call center in Watertown until it can find new clients. David Sommerstein reports the company is meanwhile completing renovations in its downtown office.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Soldiers Jailed For Rape

Three Fort Drum soldiers are in Jefferson County jail and two are released on bail after they were arrested Monday for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to pay for soaring Medicaid costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Ft. Drum Family Readiness Coordinators Rena Tumbleson and Kristen Fair.
Ft. Drum Family Readiness Coordinators Rena Tumbleson and Kristen Fair.

More Anxiety and Preparation at Ft. Drum

The light infantry of the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum near Watertown played a combat role in Afghanistan last year. Many soldiers only returned from Central Asia six months ago. Now the community at Fort Drum is living through another period of anxiety as deployments to Iraq loom. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Benton House in Oxbow
Benton House in Oxbow

Napoleon's Brother in the North Country

David Sommerstein visits the historic Benton House in the town of Oxbow in Jefferson County, the former home of Joseph Bonaparte's extramarital daughter. In the 1800s, the basement was used as a temporary jail and a secret tunnel may have been a part of the Underground Railroad.  Go to full article

118th Assembly: A Wider Debate in the River District?

With under three weeks to Election Day, the 118th Assembly, or "river," district race looks to be among the closest in the North Country. Democrat Darryl Aubertine, a dairy farmer and former Jefferson County legislator, faces Republican St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie. If he wins, Aubertine will be the first North Country Democrat in Albany in almost 30 years. Meanwhile, a third candidate is trying to widen the debate beyond the two major parties. David Sommerstein reports on Tuesday night's candidate forum in Watertown.  Go to full article

Two Economic Approaches in the 122nd Assembly District

Some 50 people gathered at the Northside Improvement League in Watertown last night to hear a debate among Assembly candidates in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. In the mostly rural and Republican 122nd district, Republican incumbent Dee Dee Scozzafava faces a challenge from Democrat Andy Byrnes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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