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Rep. Bill Owens
Rep. Bill Owens

Lawmakers want better drug enforcement at border

Congressman Bill Owens is one of a group of lawmakers working on a law designed to slow drug trafficking from Canada into the U.S.
A bill passed by both houses of Congress calls on the Office of National Drug Control Policy to craft a multi-agency and international strategy to tighten up on drug smugglers without hurting tourism and other commercial traffic across the northern border.
Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827

Exploring New York's slave legacy, past and present

This morning in Lake Placid, teachers and historians and activists begin a two-day conference to talk about slavery.

New Yorkers played a big role in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, financing and profiting from an industry that ruined the lives of more than 12 million Africans.

Slave-owning wasn't banned in this state until 1827. Modern-day activists say human trafficking and exploitation is once again on the rise.

Martha Swan is with a group called John Brown Lives.

She told Brian Mann that this conference, which is open to the public, will explore the history and present-day reality of slavery.  Go to full article
Painter's new book
Painter's new book

Author challenges notions of race in "The History of White People"

Author, educator and artist Nell Irvin Painter spoke at the Elizabethtown County Courthouse on Sunday. She read selections from her new book, "The History of White People," and fielded questions from the audience. The talk was part of a series sponsored by modern day anti-slavery organizations John Brown Lives! and John Brown Coming Home. Sarah Harris attended and has our story.  Go to full article

Village judge in Saranac Lake censured for ?improper? activity

A village justice in Saranac Lake has been censured by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for what it described as "improper activity." The panel stopped short of removing the judge from office. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.
Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.

Year of Hard Choices: public defenders swamped

Tonight, the St. Lawrence County legislature takes up a measure to increase the salaries of its public attorneys. The vote comes after more than half of the county's 21 lawyers have resigned in the last year. Many cited low pay and high workload for their departure. St. Lawrence may be an extreme example. But across the North Country, the recession is putting increased stress on lawyers in public defenders and district attorneys' offices. For our series, A Year of Hard Choices, David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long

NY opponents of same-sex marriage promise fight for "traditional" values

Despite this week's decisions in New York and California, supporters of same-sex marriage still face a lot of opposition. A Gallup poll conducted earlier this month found that 56% of Americans oppose granting marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. 40% support the idea. Republican leaders in New York haven't said yet whether they'll fight Governor Paterson's decision. But the state's Conservative Party issued a statement describing the move as misguided and undemocratic. Brian Mann spoke with the party's top official, Michael Long. Long says this decision will trigger a statewide battle over the definition of marriage.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh (Source:  McHugh)
Congressman John McHugh (Source: McHugh)

McHugh on Iraq: "I want out sooner rather than later"

Roughly 60 people turned out last night in Plattsburgh to talk with Congressman John McHugh about the war in Iraq. McHugh scheduled the session at the urging of the local newspaper, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. The session was emotional at times and occasionally combative, as locals raised doubts about the war's costs, about civil liberties and about the healthcare and support provided to returning soldiers. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh <i>Press-Republican</i> editor Bob Grady (Source: P-R)
Plattsburgh Press-Republican editor Bob Grady (Source: P-R)

Paper urges McHugh to address Iraq War

Tonight in Plattsburgh, Congressman John McHugh will meet with constituents to talk about the war in Iraq. The session was scheduled at the request of the editorial board of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Brian Mann checked in with editor Bob Grady, who says the paper pressed for a forum on the war at the request of readers. Tonight's mobile office session with Congressman John McHugh will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The location is the PARC facility at 130 Arizona Ave. Brian Mann will have a report on the meeting tomorrow during the 8 O'Clock Hour.  Go to full article
The Angel of Inerrancy, by Ted Cornell (Source:  Crooked Brook website)
The Angel of Inerrancy, by Ted Cornell (Source: Crooked Brook website)

Sculptor Ted Cornell reinvents self, North Country farm

If you drive down the back roads near Wadhams, in Essex County, you may come across an old farm that straddles Crooked Brook. In the place of corn and hay you'll find massive sculptures turning slowly in the wind. Piles of stone decorate the fields. This is the reinvented world of Ted Cornell, an artist and activist who made his home in the North Country fifteen years ago. Brian Mann visited Cornell's farm this autumn and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Judging North Country courts

Published reports in the New York Times last year exposed wide spread incompetence and abuse in the state's local justice courts. Many of these judges have only a few days' legal training and almost no oversight. This has led to instances of prosecution without defense, imprisonment without bail and other violations of the law. Now a commission has been formed to look into them. Its members have spent this week in Franklin and St Lawrence Counties observing justice courts and their judges. Jonathan Brown talked with commission chair Carey Dunne about what he's finding.  Go to full article

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