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Cuomo, Molinaro Agree To 1-on-1 Debate in NY Governor's Race

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro have agreed to a one-on-one debate two weeks before voters head to the polls. 

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Chuck Kelly, Journalist, Dead At 83

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Charles W. "Chuck" Kelly died early Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Home in Ogdensburg. He was 83. 

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SPCA Interview: Update on Puppies Found in Tied-Up Pillow Case Video included

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The mom and 11 puppies that were found last week in a tied-off pillow case are "doing amazing, they're in foster care," said Heather Spezzano, executive director of the Jefferson County SPCA.  

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Wake-Up Weather: Temperatures Take a Dip Video included

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Monday sets the tone for a week of below average temperatures. 

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Cut in Property Taxes, No Borrowing for SLC Proposed Budget Video included

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This is how they say it works. St. Lawrence County legislators say if they keep a lid on taxes, it will help create jobs. 

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New Bagel Cafe Open in Lowville Video included

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What was a monument shop in Lowville has now turned into a bagel cafe. 

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As Things Get Colder, October Has Been Warmer Than Usual Video included

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While a cornhole board in Watertown's Thompson Park may have said  'summer' Sunday afternoon, that may just be wishful thinking. The fall temperatures have dropped and the hats and gloves have come out. 

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VIDEO: 7th Annual Punkin Chunkin in Clayton Video included

Saturday was Punkin Chunkin time in Clayton and kids were excited to see who can catapult their pumpkin the farthest. 

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Craft Fair Has Tradition of Raising Money for Charity Video included

Getting holiday shopping done and giving back to the community. Saturday was the 34th annual Craft Fair and Bazaar put on by Laureate Iota of Beta Sigma Phi. 

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Saturday Sports: HS Playoffs, Clarkson Raises National Title Banner Video included

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The opening round of the Section 3 football playoffs wrapped up Saturday with one Class D contest taking place locally as the 2nd seed, Beaver River Beavers hosted Sauquoit Valley in Class D action.

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Group Adds New Trees to Watertown City Park Video included

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Sprucing up the city of Watertown by adding a few trees.. Around 40 people were out this morning in the Cosgrove-Sherman Street Park green space. 

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No Mega Millions Winner, Jackpot Climbs to $1.6 Billion

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's drawing. 

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NY State Honoring National Move Over Day

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police and state transportation agencies are reminding motorists to obey the Move Over Law. 

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Blast From The Past: 1989 Behling's Halloween Video included

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This week on Blast From The Past, we go back to 1989. 

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Dr. Lynn Kahn: A First @ 5 Interview Video included

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Green Party candidate Dr. Lynn Kahn is looking to win the November election to become the north country's representative in Congress. 

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Dog Blamed For Attack On Child Euthanized Video included

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The dog believed to have attacked a 3 year old last month has been euthanized. 

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Judge Approves Paper Mill Sale

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A federal bankruptcy court judge in Syracuse made it official Friday: Ox Industries is the new owner of Carthage Specialty Paperboard. 

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4 Arrested In Heroin Bust

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The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people on drug charges.  

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Fire Departments Pay Tribute To Harrisville Man

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A Harrisville man who would come to the rescue for others was remembered Friday for his service to his community. 

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WWI Statue Inspires Man & Community Video included

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Harold Wright of Watertown died 100 years ago. A century later, a monument to Wright is getting new life.

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Feel Lucky? Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $1B Video included

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The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $1 billion. 

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Thompson Park Coyote Not Rabid, Test Results Show

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The coyote that threatened a Watertown man and his dog in Thompson Park last weekend was not rabid. 

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Victims Assistance Center Celebrates New Home Video included

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The Victim's Assistance Center of Jefferson County has a new home. 

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Highlights & Scores: More Section 3 Playoff Action Video included

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Section 3 soccer playoffs continued Thursday. LaFargeville shut out Belleville Henderson is a battle of Frontier League rivals. 

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Officials Brainstorm About Boosting Tourism

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The Thousand Islands is a beautiful place and officials want to make sure more visitors see it.

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Pennsylvania Company Apparent Winner of Carthage Paper Mill

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A Pennsylvania-based company is the apparent winner of an auction for the bankrupt Carthage Specialty Paperboard plant, according to two sources. 

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Dog Mauls 3 Year Old, Mom Wants Animal Put Down Video included

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A vicious dog attack left a Watertown boy needing hundreds of stitches to keep his face together, says his mom, and now her fight begins to keep the pit bull that did this off the streets. 

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Donalis Admits Guilt In Sex Bribery Case Video included

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A former Norwood police officer accused of asking for sex as a bribe has pleaded guilty. 

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Legal In Canada, But Don't Bring Pot Back, U.S. Officials Say Video included

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Now that you can legally buy and smoke marijuana in Canada, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have a message for Americans looking to take a trip up north.

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Congressional Candidate Tedra Cobb: A First @ 5 Interview Video included

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Democrat Tedra Cobb is seeking to unseat north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in this November's election. 

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Watertown, Firefighters Try To Iron Out Contact Dispute Video included

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It's another step down the long road to a resolution in the contract dispute between the city of Watertown and its firefighters. 

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Hospital Offers Same-Day Mammogram Results Video included

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Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lewis County General Hospital is offering same-day mammogram results. 

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Youngsters Learn About Bus Safety Video included

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It was a fun way to teach kids about bus safety. 

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Hogansburg Man Going To Prison For Hauling Untaxed Cigarettes

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A 46 year old Hogansburg man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for transporting hundreds of thousands of contraband cigarettes two years ago.

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Troopers Assisting Troops Donates Van To DAV Video included

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Disabled veterans now have another way to get to their medical appointments. 

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Highlights & Scores: Postseason From The Pitch Video included

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Section 3 postseason boys' soccer action continued Wednesday.

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Trial Underway For Former Norwood Cop Accused Of Extorting Sex Video included

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Did a Norwood police officer solicit sexual favors from a scared woman? Or is that woman making it all up? See our coverage of the trial of former Norwood police officer Seth Donalis.

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2,000 Fort Drum Soldiers Get Ready To Deploy Video included

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Some 2,000 Fort Drum soldiers are headed overseas, and most of them are headed to America's longest war - Afghanistan.

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik: A First @ 5 Interview Video included

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Republican Elise Stefanik is seeking her third term as the north country's congresswoman.

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Simao Threatens Legal Action Over Golf Club Deal With City Video included

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With a second letter to Watertown City Council, developer PJ Simao now threatens legal action if the city doesn't void its contract with the Watertown Golf Club. Simao makes it clear, in the end, he has no interest in buying that golf course himself.

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Businesses Across The Border Prepare For Marijuana Tourists Video included

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Kingston, Ontario is a hub for tourists and it could soon see a new type of visitor -- a result of marijuana tourism.

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Lowville Man Pleads Guilty In Robbery, Kidnapping Case

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A 26 year old Lowville man, who faced robbery and kidnapping charges, has taken a plea deal. 

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Man Hits Parked Police Vehicle, Charged With DWI

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A Castorland man faces a drunk driving charge after he allegedly backed into a marked Lowville police vehicle. 

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Carthage Woman Who Had Tea With First Lady Remembered Video included

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A line in a Carthage woman's obituary left us wanting to learn more. It read Betty McLean had tea in the White House with Lady Bird Johnson.

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Adams Teen Gets Community Sendoff To The Army Video included

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An Adams teenager is off to the Army with a pat on the back from a major general and the local community. 

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Fire Destroys Antwerp Home Video included

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Firefighters were on the scene of a blaze in Antwerp early Wednesday morning.

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Florida Still Recovering, Watertown Native Says Video included

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A week after the storm, people in the Florida panhandle are facing the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. 

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Highlights & Scores: Section 3 Soccer Postseason Begins Video included

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Watertown advanced to the next round of the boys' Section 3 Class A playoffs by defeating Cortland Tuesday.

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Hundreds Attend Breast Cancer Dinner Video included

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Hundreds of people in Lowville were decked out in pink for the 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner Tuesday night. 

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Quebec Man Dies After Falling Off Seaway Dock

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A Canadian man is dead after he fell off the dock while tying off a freighter outside Eisenhower Locks near Massena early Tuesday morning. 

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Ogdensburg Man Accused Of Threatening Firefighters, Trying To Ram Fire Station

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A Ogdensburg man is accused of threatening city firefighters and trying to ram his vehicle into the fire station the day after he was allegedly involved in a violent domestic dispute. 

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Job Fair Features Dozens Of Employers Video included

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There are more jobs available in the north country than there are people to fill them.

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Watertown Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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A 27 year old Watertown man is facing prison after admitting to possessing drugs. 

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Watertown Man Admits Making Meth

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A 35 year old Watertown man has pleaded guilty in connection with a methamphetamine lab that shut down Stone Street over the summer. 

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Recycling Costs Squeeze St. Lawrence County Video included

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Recycling is getting more expensive. Some blame China and it's putting the squeeze on St. Lawrence County. 

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Sales Tax Revenues Climb Video included

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Consumer spending is up in Jefferson and Lewis Counties this year. That means more sales tax for the counties.

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Program Drives Home Dangers Of Distracted Driving Video included

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Crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States. A school in the north country is trying to make sure that none of its students end up part of that statistic.

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Miner Struck & Killed By Debris, Preliminary Report Says

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The miner killed at Empire State Mines in Fowler earlier this month was struck by material he blasted out of a drill hole.

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$3K Raised So Far To Help Abandoned Puppies

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The Jefferson County SPCA has received $3,000 so far to help the puppies left for dead in a pillowcase on the side of the road. 

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Carving Pumpkins At Bottom Of Lake Ontario

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If you think pumpkins are tough to carve in your kitchen, imagine doing it at the bottom of Lake Ontario. 

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Just Face It: Making Fake Blood Slime Video included

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Just in time for Halloween, kids at the Ogdensburg Public Library made fake blood slime!  

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Police Want To Talk To A Woman About Alleged Theft

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Watertown police are asking for help identifying the woman in the surveillance photos. 

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South Lewis Voters Review $40M Project Proposal Video included

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South Lewis taxpayers got a closer look a plan to bring all the district's schools under one campus. 

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Watertown Council Approves Extra Splash Pad Spending

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Watertown city lawmakers have approved an extra $15,000 to pay for building the splash pad at Thompson Park.

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LaFargeville Girls Hope For Deep Postseason Run Video included

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The Lady Red Knights are coming off a 1-0 loss to Copenhagen in the Frontier League D Division soccer championship game. 

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Watertown Man Recounts Terrifying Coyote Encounter In Park Video included

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A Watertown man walking through Thompson Park Saturday afternoon had a terrifying encounter with what may have been a rabid coyote.

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Fake Checks Have Local Banks On Alert Video included

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Bank officials say they are on alert after a couple of fake check schemes in Jefferson County.  But, the forgeries are becoming so sophisticated, it'll be tough to tell them from the real thing.

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Puppies, Left For Dead, In Need Of Homes Video included

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Puppies, left for dead in a pillowcase on the side of the road, could use your help.

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Report: Paul Ryan To Campaign For Stefanik

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House Speaker Paul Ryan will reportedly campaign for north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik as she seeks re-election. 

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Ogdensburg's Proposed Budget Calls For Small Hike In Taxes Video included

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A proposed Ogdensburg budget contains only a small property tax increase and the city workforce would be kept largely intact. 

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Massena Native Becomes Three-Star General

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Three cheers for a three-star general. Massena native Timothy Fay was front and center at the Pentagon Monday to be promoted from major general to lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force.  

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Your Turn: Feedback On Scam, Abuse Survivor & Fast Boat Video included

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A retired Watertown couple lost a big chunk of their life savings in what's called the "Grandparent Scam." You shared your thoughts on that and other stories.

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Watertown Sears Spared From Closing

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The north country's only Sears store has been spared from closing under the parent company's Chapter 11 filing on Monday.

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Man Accused Of Firing A Pellet Gun At Someone

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A Massena resident is accused of shooting a pellet gun at a man and for resisting state police when they tried to arrest him.

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DeKalb & Hermon Conservation Notice Lifted

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The mandatory water conservation notice for the towns of DeKalb and Hermon water districts has been lifted. 

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Lisbon Man Charged In Alleged Domestic Violence

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A St. Lawrence County man was jailed over weekend after what sheriff's deputies describe as a domestic violence incident. 

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Traffic Advisory: State Route 180, Town Of Orleans

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Part of State Route 180 in the town of Orleans will be closed for several weeks while state highway crews replace a culvert. 

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Section 3 Announces Playoff Pairings Video included

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The Section 3 playoffs and pairings were announced Sunday for both football and soccer. 

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Video: Over $28K Raised by ACR Health's First Frost Walk Video included

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Raising awareness of HIV and AIDS and helping find the cure. Sunday was the First Frost Walk in Watertown's Thompson Park. 

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Sunday: Quaker Cemetery Dedication in Town of Philadelphia Video included

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An effort to remember their roots.That's what the Philadelphia community has been up to the last two years.

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Costume Time at Trunk-or-Treat in Evans Mills Video included

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Halloween is still a couple of weeks away, but that didn't stop about two hundred kids and parents from dressing up and eating candy. 

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Community Raises Money for Father Taking Son's Ashes to Alaska Video included

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Music, food..and raffles all to help Jeremy Donovan, who has spent the last five months boating across the country. Donovan is taking his son Keegan's ashes to Alaska. 

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Police: 'Strange Acting' Wild Animal Killed in Thompson Park

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Watertown Police say they had to kill a wild animal in Thompson Park Saturday after it was "strange acting."  

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Saturday Sports: Gouverneur Wildcats Football Blanks Malone Video included

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The Gouverneur Wildcats looking to close out a perfect regular season at home Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Malone Huskies in Section 10 football action.

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100,000th Passenger at Ogdensburg International Airport

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Celebrating 100,000 passengers at the Ogdensburg International Airport.

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Bringing Awareness To The White Cane At Salmon Run Mall Video included

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With a blindfold and a cane, people got the chance to experience what it is like to be blind.

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Centuries of Fashion At Jefferson County Historical Society Video included

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What's in style sure has changed over the last couple hundred years. Fashions from throughout the ages could be found at the Jefferson County Historical Society Saturday.

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Celebrating Harvest Fest in Watertown's Thompson Park Video included

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Fall is in the air and in Thompson Park. Watertown's Department of Public Works put on Harvest Fest Saturday afternoon. 

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Water Conservation Notice for De Kalb, Hermon

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The Towns of De Kalb and Hermon water districts are under a mandatory conservation order. 

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Students Learning Safety After Classmates Died in Fire Last Year Video included

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Climbing into fire trucks, getting a ride around, and spraying the hose.  Friday was grand finale to a special fire prevention week at St. Lawrence Central Elementary.

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Check Forger Scams Watertown Business Out of Nearly $4K Video included

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Another victim of a forged check scheme, this time the business is out almost $4,000. 

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JCC Adding Homeland Security to Degree List Video included

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Soon, students at Jefferson Community College will be able to study further into the criminal justice system. 

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Extra $15K Needed for Watertown's Splash Pad

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Watertown's new splash pad is costing more than first thought. 

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Raises For 550 Employees at Lewis Co. General Hospital

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550 employees at Lewis County General Hospital will get a raise following a new union contract. 

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7 News Wins Awards For Newscasts, Reporting

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7 News was honored Saturday night as "best newscast" during the New York State Associated Press Association's annual awards dinner. 

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Sunny Skies & Seasonal Temperatures Video included

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The morning is going to be a little brisk, but it should be more seasonable by afternoon. 

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Below Freezing Start To A Sunny Day Video included

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It's going to be bright and sunny today, but it's also going to be very chilly. 

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Special Report: 'Countdown To Cannabis' Video included

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The countdown is over. As of Wednesday morning, you can legally light up a joint in Canada. 

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Unseasonably Cold: Rainy Today, Sunny Tomorrow Video included

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It's going to be another chilly fall day. 

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Chilly Temperatures All Day ... & Tomorrow ... Video included

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It's going to feel chilly pretty much all day. 

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Rain & Wind On The Way Video included

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Monday is off to a fairly calm start, but wind and rain are on the way to change all that. 

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  • ObituariesMore>>

  • John Rubar, 71, of Gouverneur

    John Rubar, 71, of Gouverneur

    Monday, October 22 2018 3:15 PM EDT2018-10-22 19:15:09 GMT

    Gouverneur – John Rubar, 71, passed away on Sunday at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. 

    Gouverneur – John Rubar, 71, passed away on Sunday at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. 

  • Jane A. Murdie, 86, of Gouverneur

    Jane A. Murdie, 86, of Gouverneur

    Monday, October 22 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-10-22 19:12:47 GMT

    Gouverneur – Jane A. Murdie, 86, passed away on Monday at Gouverneur Hospital. 

    Gouverneur – Jane A. Murdie, 86, passed away on Monday at Gouverneur Hospital. 

  • Theresa M. Gravlin, 83, of Norwood

    Theresa M. Gravlin, 83, of Norwood

    Monday, October 22 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-10-22 19:10:25 GMT

    NORWOOD -  Funeral Services for 83 year old Theresa M. Gravlin, a resident of 11 Elm Street, Norwood, will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood. 

    NORWOOD -  Funeral Services for 83 year old Theresa M. Gravlin, a resident of 11 Elm Street, Norwood, will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood. 

  • Meet The News TeamMore>>

  • Jeff Cole

    Jeff Cole

    After 14 years of waking up the north country as anchor of 7News This Morning, Jeff Cole began anchoring our 6 p.m. evening news on May 1, 2017.

    7News This Evening Anchor-

    After 14 years of waking up the north country as anchor of 7News This Morning, Jeff Cole began anchoring our 6 p.m. evening news on May 1, 2017.  Read more

  • Mel Busler

    Mel Busler

    Friday, April 17 2009 6:20 PM EDT2009-04-17 22:20:28 GMT

    7News Sportscaster for 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. News

    Mel started his broadcast career at WATN radio in 1978. He moved over to 7News in 1982, becoming full time Sports Anchor of the 6 and 11 news in 1984. Mel has had the pleasure of covering North Country sports for over 27 years here at 7News. He says he was lucky... Read more

    7News Sportscaster for 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. News

    Mel started his broadcast career at WATN radio in 1978. He moved over to 7News in 1982, becoming full time Sports Anchor of the 6 and 11 news in 1984. Mel has had the pleasure of covering North Country sports for over 27 years here at 7News. He says he was lucky... Read more

  • John Kubis

    John Kubis

    Monday, May 25 2009 11:46 AM EDT2009-05-25 15:46:38 GMT

    7News Chief Weathercaster-

    After a successful career reporting weather conditions for the Air Force, John joined the 7News Team as the weekend weather personality and now is the Chief Weathercaster and appears weekdays on 7News This Evening, 7News at 10 on FOX, and 7News Tonight.

    7News Chief Weathercaster-

    After a successful career reporting weather conditions for the Air Force, John joined the 7News Team as the weekend weather personality and now is the Chief Weathercaster and appears weekdays on 7News This Evening, 7News at 10 on FOX, and 7News Tonight. Read more

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  • Keith Benman

    Keith Benman

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:27 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:27:46 GMT

    7News Journalist

    Keith Benman is St. Lawrence County reporter for 7 News, covering Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and the rest of  the largest county in New York state. He came to 7 News from the world of print journalism, where he was most recently business editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    Keith Benman is St. Lawrence County reporter for 7 News, covering Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and the rest of  the largest county in New York state. He came to 7 News from the world of print journalism, where he was most recently business editor at...Read more

  • Katie Benoit

    Katie Benoit

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-09-18 18:09:57 GMT

    Katie Benoit joined the WWNY news team in September 2018. Katie was born and raised in Rhode Island...Read more

    Katie Benoit joined the WWNY news team in September 2018. Katie was born and raised in Rhode Island...Read more

  • Erin Bischoff

    Erin Bischoff

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:29:29 GMT

    Erin joined the news team as a reporter in December 2016. Erin graduated from SUNY Oswego in May 2016 with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration. While at Oswego, Erin was involved with the student-run television station, WTOP-10, where she served as the news assignment manager her senior year and had experience as an anchor, reporter and producer. Erin was born and raised in Rochester, NY. 

    Erin joined the news team as a reporter in December 2016. Erin graduated from SUNY Oswego in May 2016 with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration...Read more

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