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Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...
With more New York state residents getting measles than they have since 1996, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to vaccinate. In a press release Friday, Gov. Cuomo said “measles is serious, highly contagious disease that is not just...


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Jul 24, 2014 — A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Jul 23, 2014 — Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.
Jul 23, 2014 — New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
Jul 23, 2014 — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.
Jul 23, 2014 — The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.


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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Operating room. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/swhealthcare/9575079585/">Scott & White Healthcare</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Operating room. Photo: Scott & White Healthcare, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prosecutors: Northern NY hospital to pay $750,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a hospital in northern New York has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it submitted 1,900 improper Medicare claims.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Carthage Area Hospital double billed the federal health care program for the elderly for operating room and ambulatory surgery services from 2006 through June 2010.  Go to full article
The Barnes & Noble cafe. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/6.25.11SpringfieldBarnes%26NobleByLuigiNovi.jpg">wikipedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Barnes & Noble to pay $10K for breastfeeding flap

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Barnes & Noble bookstore chain will pay $10,000 to promote breastfeeding after a woman was asked to cover up while nursing her infant son at a Rockland County store.  Go to full article

11 whooping cough cases reported in Windham County

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department says 11 whooping cough cases were reported in Windham County in June and so far this month there have been five suspected cases.

Of the 11 confirmed cases, 10 people have been vaccinated against whooping cough. Officials don't know the vaccination status of the other case.  Go to full article

Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.

A...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to...  Go to full article
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Daniel X. O'Neil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY takes aim at invasive species

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials in New York are enlisting the public's help in going after invasive species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help...  Go to full article
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo (greatly enlarged): Scott Bauer, USDA

Vermont Health Department warns of summer ticks

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Health Department is warning people to watch out for ticks that could carry Lyme disease.

At this time of year, the immature...  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lines up legal team for GMO labeling fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is lining up its legal team for the expected legal battle over the state's effort to require the labeling of food made with...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this Independence Day Weekend.

It looks like after...  Go to full article
At the annual hot dog eating contest in 2011. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/undercrimson/5903999348/"> Patrick Shyu<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved<br />

Hot dog eaters weigh in on eve of famed NY contest

NEW YORK (AP) The competitors in the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island prove that size doesn't matter.

The top four...  Go to full article

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