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Lawyers Join NY Critics of Patriot Act

St. Lawrence County lawyers have joined lawmakers in Potsdam and Albany in voicing opposition to parts of the USA Patriot Act. They say the law violates some civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Brainstorming local answers for the economy
Brainstorming local answers for the economy

"Going Local": Promise & Challenge

Last week about a hundred community leaders from St. Lawrence County came together to chart a new future for economic growth. Their mission was to identify opportunities for local business development. The occasion was the 1st annual Burt Symposium at St. Lawrence University, entitled "Going Local: Capitalizing on Our Resources in St. Lawrence County". David Sommerstein stopped by near the end of the two-day conference and reports on the group's progress.  Go to full article

Tribe Divided Over Land and Casino Deal

The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the state and criticism among tribal members. The agreement, which also involves a casino deal, will go through. David Sommerstein helps sort out the complications.  Go to full article

Going Local in a Global Economy

Martha Foley talks with Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, businessman Bob Penski, and arts advocate Hillary Oakes about the ups and downs of growing a locally based economy.  Go to full article

Preview: Going Local in a Global Economy

The first annual Burt Symposium was held Tuesday and Wednesday May 6 and 7 at St. Lawrence University, on the topic "Going Local: Capitalizing on our Resources in St. Lawrence County." The Burt Symposium brings together stakeholders in the North Country to explore ways to enhance the region's economic, environmental and educational vitality.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Historians Work to Save Long-Forgotten Music Hall

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Senate Considers Acid Rain Legislation

The Adirondack Council will testify today before a U.S. Senate panel considering acid rain legislation introduced at the request of President Bush as his "Clear Skies Initiative". The Adirondack Council says the proposed emissions cuts would be sufficient to stop acid rain by the end of the decade. Martha Foley talks with Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan about the "Clear Skies" testimony and about a controversial land deal pending in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Dirty Dozen Awards Today in Albany

A statewide coalition of environmental groups is accusing the state health department of ignoring environmental health problems in St. Lawrence County. The Citizens' Environmental Coalition is handing out its first Dirty Dozen polluter awards today in Albany.  Go to full article

NASCAR Track Plans Motor Ahead

One of the least populated towns in St. Lawrence County may soon hear the roar of NASCAR races and the cheers of 100,000 fans. Developers are forging ahead on plans for a NASCAR-qualified racetrack in the town of Brasher. As David Sommerstein reports, local officials say it could anchor an influx of tourism in the region.  Go to full article

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