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Norwegian merchant sailors memorial in Pine Ridge Cemetery.
Norwegian merchant sailors memorial in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Norwegian sailors remembered in Saranac Lake

Tomorrow is a day of national pride for millions of Norwegians around the world and the North Country. It's the 17th of May, or "Syttende Mai." But it's not just Norwegians who pay tribute to Norway's Constitution Day. A quiet ceremony will take place Saturday morning at a small plot of graves in Saranac Lake's Pine Ridge cemetery. During WW II hundreds of Norwegian merchant sailors ended up in Saranac Lake as tuberculosis patients. 15 men, and the daughter of a ship's captain, died and were buried there. And a longtime cemetery volunteer has made it her mission to make sure they're not forgotten. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Border guard in TB scandal steps down

Federal officials say a border officer who waved a man with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis through the Champlain crossing north of Plattsburgh has "retired." As Brian Mann reports, the officer had been widely criticized by the media and by officials within the Department of Homeland Security.  Go to full article

Probes underway into North Country TB border lapse

Federal officials say a border agent in Champlain, north of Plattsburgh, has been reassigned after allowing a man with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis into the US. The Department of Homeland Security has begun an investigation into the apparent lapse. Senator Charles Schumer is now calling for an independent probe. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Canadian Border Guards Near Plattsburgh Exposed to Tuberculosis: Health Officials Say Case Poses No Public Risk

Five Canadian workers at the Champlain border crossing, north of Plattsburgh, have been infected with tuberculosis. Officials say the source was a refugee, detained at the border for several days. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of travelers may have been exposed, but north country health officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Update: A spokesman for the US Customs service says there've been no recent cases of TB exposure among American border agents. Mike McMullen says infectious diseases are a well-known hazard for workers at the border. Testing and vaccinations are offered regularly. According to McMullen, the recent case won't affect safety procedures at the Champlain crossing.  Go to full article

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