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Daniel Stewart
Daniel Stewart

Plattsburgh Mayor To Step Down

Plattsburgh Mayor Daniel Stewart says he'll step down in the next 30 to 60 days. Gov. George Pataki nominated Stewart, a fellow Republican, to serve as the next chairman of the New York State Commission of Correction. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Fred Phelps (Source:  WBC)
Fred Phelps (Source: WBC)

Radical Anti-Gay Group Targets Plattsburgh Mayor and Local Churches

A radical anti-gay group from Kansas plans to picket churches in Plattsburgh this weekend. The Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Plattsburgh because the city's popular Republican Mayor, Dan Stewart, is an openly gay man. Stewart will host the Mayor's Cup celebration this 4th of July weekend. Phelps is an extremely controversial figure. His organization has begun picketing the funerals of soldiers who die in Iraq. A press release issued by his church says, "Thank God for improvised explosive devices killing Americans in strange lands." According to Phelps, the bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's retribution for America's tolerance of gays. Brian Mann will be covering the story this weekend. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Americans Look to Canada for Prescription Drugs, Raising Safety Questions

Because Canada's federal government regulates drug prices, name brand medications are far cheaper north of the border. The Bush Administration -- and the American drug industry -- have worked to block re-importation of prescription drugs. The Food and Drug Administration describes the practice as illegal and unsafe. Critics say drug companies just want to protect their profits. And with tens of thousands of Americans already buying their medications north of the border, the Federal government faces growing pressure to shift its policy. As Brian Mann reports, several states are already experimenting with pilot programs designed to make drug imports from Canada more reliable.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Flu Caravan a Success, Many Seniors Still Unprotected

The supply of flu vaccine is extremely tight in the U.S. On Friday, two hundred and sixty people from Plattsburgh crossed the border in a caravan arranged by local officials. Seniors paid twenty-five dollars apiece to get their shots at a private clinic. As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the locally-organized effort still leaves thousands of high-risk people unprotected.  Go to full article
Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

Plattsburgh Mayor: Gay, Republican, Supports Same-Sex Marriage

In recent weeks, Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart has found himself in the middle of a national debate over gay marriage. Stewart is a Republican, but he's also gay and says same-sex marriages should be legal. He discussed the issue with NPR's Madeleine Brand and with Bruce Steel, editor of the gay magazine "The Advocate". Their conversation first aired Friday on NPR's program "Day To Day".  Go to full article

Canada?s Ambassador: A ?Squall? Hits US-Canada Relations

Canada's ambassador to the U-S says "emotional" times have strained relations between the two countries. Speaking Monday at Plattsburgh State University, Ambassador Michael Kergin defended Canada's decision not to support the Invasion of Iraq. But that stance angered the Bush Administration and may complicate trade talks. As Brian Mann reports, the international tension is being felt most sharply in towns along the border.

Tomorrow, Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly talks with Canadians about their views of relations between the two countries.  Go to full article

114th Assembly Candidate Says He'll Stick With GOP

Assembly candidate Andy Abdallah says he won't run on the Democratic line this winter, even if he's defeated in next week's Republican primary. Democrats in the 114th district offered Abdallah their slot on the ballot, after their candidate bowed out of the race. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh's Mayor Won't Run for Stafford's Senate Seat

Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart announced on Monday that he won't make a bid to replace Senator Ron Stafford. Stewart, a Republican, would have faced Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Betty Little in the GOP primary. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

The Stafford Vacuum

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest maneuverings in the political vacuum left behind in northeastern New York by State Senator Ron Stafford's retirement.  Go to full article

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