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A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy.  (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy. (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)

Toxic toys still on shelves

Millions of toys were recalled last year because of lead contamination. There were about half as many recalls this year, but lead in toys is still a problem. Rebecca Williams reports there's a new law that will limit the amount of lead in any toy or children's product, but it won't go into effect until after the holidays.  Go to full article

Harley crash north of Westport kills two, injures one

A motorcycle crash on Saturday left two people dead on a remote highway north of Westport, in the Champlain Valley. The accident involved a pack of fifteen motorcycles that were touring the North Country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Motorcycle touring brings big business, accidents to North Country

This time of year, Americans like to take to the open road. Car tourism is big business in the North Country. But with gas prices hovering around $4.50 a gallon, the summer driving vacation has begun to look less like a tradition and more like a luxury. A growing number of tourists are parking the RV and turning instead to more energy-efficient motorcycles. As Brian Mann reports, the popularity of touring bikes has brought a surge in accidents.  Go to full article

I-87 cell hhone towers proposed

Verizon moved a step closer last week to closing the cell phone gap on I-87. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Inspectors working on Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point
Inspectors working on Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point

Inspections raise safety questions about Crown Point bridge

New York transportation officials continued their inspection of the Crown Point bridge last week. The bridge which crosses Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga is one of the busiest routes from New York into Vermont. One lane of the crossing was closed to traffic as a team tested everything from the road decking to the cement support piers that serve as the bridge's foundation. This latest round of inspections raised some new questions about the bridge's structural integrity. Brian Mann has been following this story and spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Lawmakers demand Northway cell towers by winter

A group of North Country lawmakers is joining with members of a local rescue squad and the AAA driving club to demand temporary cell phone towers on I-87. A remote stretch of the highway has no phone service. The lack of towers was blamed for a death last winter. As Brian Mann reports, supporters say temporary towers might save lives.  Go to full article

Griffo: more boater safety rules

A North Country state lawmaker is calling for mandatory safety classes for boaters as a part of an overhaul of state boating regulations. State Senator Joe Griffo also says all boats in New York should be registered. Griffo's comments come on the heels on several fatal boating accidents on Oneida Lake, north of Syracuse. Last Friday, an 85-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run accident while he was fishing on the lake. Griffo told David Sommerstein all boaters should have to take a safety course every five years.  Go to full article
SLU student Adam Falcon died after a night of drinking in 2004 (Source: SLU website)
SLU student Adam Falcon died after a night of drinking in 2004 (Source: SLU website)

North Country colleges confront "gray zone" between alcohol and adulthood

Paul Smiths College has drawn criticism in recent weeks, following the alcohol-related deaths of two students in May. But academic and law enforcement officials across the region say the problem of underage drinking is complicated, with few easy answers. In the final part of our series on alcohol and campus safety, Brian Mann reports that the debate often winds up in a legal and ethical gray zone.  Go to full article

Over-21 students can be pipeline for campus alcohol abuse

This week, we're looking at the issue of drinking and safety on college campuses. Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne announced last week that criminal charges are still possible following the alcohol-related deaths of two students at Paul Smiths College. Champagne says state police are still investigating the drownings of 20 year-old Sean Cornell and 18 year-old Lee Walker. The students died when their canoes overturned on Lower St. Regis Lake last month as they returned from a party. State police said drinking alcohol contributed to their deaths. Champagne said they're looking into how Cornell, Walker and other underage students at the party obtained alcohol. Yesterday, Brian Mann reported on the controversy surrounding Paul Smiths College, where five young people have died in the last three years. Brian spoke with Paul Smiths President John Mills, who says the school is working hard to keep older students from supplying liquor to friends who are underage.  Go to full article
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005

Alcohol-related deaths at Paul Smiths College spark lawsuit, debate

This spring, two Paul Smiths College students died following a late-night drinking party. 20 year-old Sean Cornell of Manchester Center, Vermont, and 18-year-old Lee Walker of Enosburg Falls, Vermont drowned when their canoes overturned. They were paddling back to campus across Lower St. Regis Lake. The tragedy followed three alcohol-related deaths at the school in 2005. Some community leaders say Paul Smiths has made huge strides, working to keep students safe. But the school faces a lawsuit and simmering public criticism over its handling of student alcohol abuse. This week, we'll look at the controversy at Paul Smiths College. We'll also look at the changing ethics of alcohol on college campuses. Here's Brian Mann with part one of our special three-part report.  Go to full article

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