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Former Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton. Photo via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Sutton">Wikipedia</a>
Former Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton. Photo via Wikipedia

Sutton appointed to top Seaway post

President Obama has nominated a former Ohio Congresswoman to be the next U.S. head of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Betty Sutton represented a district that included Akron and a slice of Lake Erie from 2007 to 2012. The White House announced the appointment in a press release Wednesday.

Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrooks has been filling in as interim head since Terry Johnson was fired from the post last year, reportedly for political reasons. Johnson was a college friend of President George W. Bush, who appointed him.

The Seaway Administrator post carries a seven year term, designed to ride out the political shifts of changing presidential administrations.  Go to full article
Secretary Ray LaHood listens to lock leader Steve McCargar, Potsdam. Photo: David Sommerstein
Secretary Ray LaHood listens to lock leader Steve McCargar, Potsdam. Photo: David Sommerstein

Transportation chief says goodbye to Seaway

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's farewell tour swung through Massena yesterday. One of the few Republicans in President Obama's cabinet, LaHood announced he was stepping down last January.

Obama's nominee to replace LaHood, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, breezed through a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

LaHood has overseen the St. Lawrence Seaway for four years. As David Sommerstein reports, he said the Seaway will always occupy "a niche" in the nation's infrastructure.  Go to full article
McHugh speaking to reporters during his first visit to Fort Drum as Army Secretary. Photo: David Sommerstein
McHugh speaking to reporters during his first visit to Fort Drum as Army Secretary. Photo: David Sommerstein

Report: McHugh may step down from top Army post

A major newspaper covering the military is reporting John McHugh may step down as Secretary of the Army.  Go to full article
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office

Owens cautious on Obama's agenda

Democratic congressman Bill Owens reacted cautiously to much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night.

Speaking with North Country Public Radio, Owens questioned whether Obama's approach to gun control could make communities safer without violating 2nd amendment rights.

Owens also expressed reservations about the idea of raising the Federal minimum wage, because of objections from small business owners.

But Owens told Brian Mann that he does think some kind of bipartisan accord is possible on the thorny issue of illegal immigration.  Go to full article
Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Fort Drum Public Affairs
Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Fort Drum Public Affairs

Wounded Fort Drum servicemember at inauguration: "Wow"

More than half a million people gathered on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol to be a part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Among them were about 10 wounded servicemembers who have been recovering at Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. Among that group were four Fort Drum soldiers. Specialist Jacob Owens was among them.  Go to full article

Most NY leaders hail health care ruling

New York's politicians and major health care providers are applauding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law. Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Sandy Johnson at her home in Ogdensburg. Photo: Julie Grant
Sandy Johnson at her home in Ogdensburg. Photo: Julie Grant

Lack of money for medical care blamed for high death rates

St. Lawrence County has high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancers. People here aren't as healthy as most New Yorkers, or even most Americans. Local health care advocates say one big reason for that is poverty. Many St. Lawrence County residents don't have health insurance and can't afford to go to the doctor, so they miss out on a lot of routine preventive care: a mammogram, stress and cholesterol tests.

Julie Grant spoke with one North Country woman who needs help with her medical costs, but she's not counting on the new federal health insurance law.  Go to full article

Governor Andrew Cuomo praises Obama's support for same-sex marriage

Governor Cuomo, who won national praise and attention for championing the passage of same sex marriage in New York, calls President Obama's support of gay marriage a "major advancement for equal rights in this country."  Go to full article
Pres. Obama on a visit to Schenectady in 2011. Photo: Matt Ryan, Innovation Trail
Pres. Obama on a visit to Schenectady in 2011. Photo: Matt Ryan, Innovation Trail

President Obama praises New York State tech businesses

President Obama was in Albany yesterday and gave a speech taking aim at Congress. But as the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports, the President also touted the region's growth in high-tech manufacturing.  Go to full article
President Obama set out a "to do" list for members of Congress. Image: Whitehouse.gov
President Obama set out a "to do" list for members of Congress. Image: Whitehouse.gov

President Obama praises New York State tech businesses in Albany speech

President Barack Obama was warmly welcomed Tuesday at the University of Albany's nanotechnology center...and he used the occasion to praise the private-public partnership that funds the school.
Mr. Obama said the private sector is the quote-"true engine" of job creation in the US, not government--but that government can help, by making it easier for companies to hire new workers. And he said Congress isn't doing all it can.  Go to full article

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