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Aug 29, 2014 — The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.
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Aug 29, 2014 — For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.
Aug 29, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to Michel Martin about the community conversation covering race and law enforcement that was held Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo. There was also a Twitter chat at #BeyondFerguson.
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
SUNY Potsdam anthropology professor Karen Johnson-Weiner
SUNY Potsdam anthropology professor Karen Johnson-Weiner

Amish cope with tragedy and its "Big Media" aftermath

As the legal side of the kidnapping case kicks into gear, the St. Lawrence County Amish community is coping with the tragic ordeal.

An expert on Amish culture and religion says their coping hinges on the Amish sense of faith "by a deep belief that whatever is happening, they are in God's hands," says Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam who has written several books about the Amish. "I think that provides them with a kind of courage that some of us might not have that keeps them from giving in to the despair."  Go to full article
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff

More charges expected against Amish girls' kidnappers

More charges are expected this week against a St. Lawrence county couple who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls. Police gathered evidence Sunday at the Hermon, NY, home of 39 year-old Stephen Howells II and 25 year-old Nicole Vaisey. Hermon is about a dozen miles south of Canton.

Howells and Vaisey were arrested Friday night following a massive search and investigation. They are charged with 1st degree kidnapping with intent to harm the two Amish girls, ages 6 and 12. They're in St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

The abduction happened Wednesday evening when the girls came out to attend to their family's roadside vegetable stand. The girls were set free about 24 hours later. But the prosecutor in the case says that was not before they were sexually assaulted.  Go to full article

Woman faces charges after car hits horse buggy

CLYMER, N.Y. (AP) A woman has been charged with drunken driving after her car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in western New York.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Co. Sheriff Kevin Wells at a press briefing Thursday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Abducted Amish girls safely returned home

Update to this story: "Police: 'no...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NJ to central NY heroin ring busted, 19 charged

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've broken up a heroin ring that was moving large amounts of the drug from New Jersey to the Syracuse area.  Go to full article
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

With opiate addiction on the rise, here's a safe way to trash meds

Walk over to the cabinet over your bathroom sink and take a look. Chances are you have at least one bottle of medication dusting over. But what should you do with it?...  Go to full article
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while...  Go to full article
Trevor Sisto, age 20, of Fort Covington NY. Photo:  Lake Placid Village Police Department

Sisto pleads not guilty in fatal crash

The Fort Covington man involved in a high speed crash last month that killed two people in Ray Brook pleaded not guilty on Monday to felony charges stemming from the...  Go to full article

Gouverneur man, 23, imprisoned for killing baby

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (AP) A 23-year-old northern New York man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old baby.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Garry Wilmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Who's paying for state leaders' legal fees? You.

Governor Cuomo's administration and the legislature are spending around $1.3 million dollars this year in payments to private law firms, and the public is paying for it, says...  Go to full article

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