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Case planner Matthew McAllister runs through an exercise with prospective foster parents. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Case planner Matthew McAllister runs through an exercise with prospective foster parents. Photo: Zach Hirsch

North Country fostering: "The need's not going anywhere"

Over the last few months, we've been researching foster care in the North Country. Yesterday, we met Dominique Tarkenton-Otto, who gave us the children's perspective. Now, we hear from the case workers who help those kids.

Zach Hirsch talks with Martha Foley about some lingering questions about his profile of Dominique, and the bigger picture.  Go to full article
10th Mountain Division soldier Specialist Kerry Danyluk died of wounds sustained in a firefight in Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Army.

Flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor of a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday says the flags will be lowered Thursday.

The Defense Department said Specialist Kerry Danyluk of Cuero, Texas, was injured on April 12 and died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on April 15.  Go to full article
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to catch a distracted driver

In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."

But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.

Troop B of the New York State Police, which covers most of the North Country, currently has three of those unmarked vehicles. State Trooper John Jackson, Jr., is driving one. It's 11 in the morning, and the needle of his speedometer is creeping past 100 mph. Trooper Jackson is out to stop a distracted driver.  Go to full article
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters

Big storms coming? NYS has a plan (or several)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government...  Go to full article
Therese Whittaker and Christine Nicholson, <i>The Sisters of Perpetual Needling</i>, will be working a Regency era design on a traditional quilting frame this weekend in Ogdensburg as part of the Heritage Talks event at the Freight House restaurant.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Ogdensburg explores War of 1812 history, heroes and everyday life

Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the...  Go to full article
A male bumblebee about to alight on an alumroot. Photo: <a href="">Sjjubs</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How bumblebees keep warm

Bees need to be warm in order to fly. That's usually not a problem, since it takes millions of round trips to flowers to make a pound of honey. But should they fall idle long...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

Chobani secures $750M investment from TPG

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (AP) Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth.

The privately-held...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Danielle Sprags</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley....  Go to full article
Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="">Nicole C. Engard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Burlington library to put locks on restrooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The public library in the Vermont city of Burlington plans to put locks on its public restrooms to keep people from clogging the toilets with hypodermic...  Go to full article
Master grower Ryan Douglas checks out the plants in a legal marijuana growing operation in Ontario. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bill in Vermont House would study legalizing pot

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is slated to take a final vote on passage of a measure calling for a study of potential tax revenues and other impacts from legalizing...  Go to full article