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State Senate Wants Retirement Benefits for Blinded North Country Guardsman

A bill passed by the state Senate yesterday would offer extra retirement pay and health coverage to a North Country prison guard. Christopher Paiser was blinded by shrapnel last year while serving in Iraq with the National Guard. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Medical Marijuana Bill Takes a Bipartisan Step Forward

A bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes took a step closer to becoming law in New York, after the State Senate Majority Leader said he was open to considering the measure. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was in the state to raise money for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty's re-election campaign.  Go to full article

NY Senate Budget will Include Health Care Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house's budget will include health care cuts, but not new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Approves Budget Reform Bill

The New York State Senate met in a special session to pass a new one-house bill that would reform the state's budget process. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Clinton's Surprising North Country Success

Like most big name politicians, Senator Hillary Clinton is stumping in swing states to help her party's presidential candidate to victory. Still in her first term, Clinton has become a major--and often divisive--political force in the nation. But in parts of rural New York, especially the Finger Lakes and the North Country, she's developed a reputation as an advocate who works across party lines to get things done. She's used her star power to energize local Democrats. And she's made inroads in traditional Republican territory that may pay dividends in future elections. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Schumer Debates Challengers in Ithaca

Senator Charles Schumer largely ignored his two challengers in a debate held at Cornell University last night. Far ahead in the polls, the senator focused on his record and refused to answer attacks by Republican Howard Mills or Conservative Marilyn O'Grady. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Bruno: Legislature, Reform Thyself

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has announced a new task force to reform the rules of the Senate, to open up the process. Bruno's action comes a few days after several Assembly Democrats made a proposal to reform the Assembly's practices. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
State assemblyman Howard Mills
State assemblyman Howard Mills

Republican Candidate for Senate Visits Canton

The Republican likely to challenge Senator Charles Schumer in November made a brief swing through the North Country yesterday. After an appearance at a diner in Keene Valley, downstate Assemblyman Howard Mills courted the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party's endorsement at an event in Canton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Considers Insurance Parity for Mental Illness

The New York State Senate wants to require health insurance companies to pay for better coverage for eating disorders. Supporters of the mental health parity bill known as Timothy's Law, say they'd like those mandates extended to other types of mental illness, as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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