State lawmakers approve controversial bill granting rights to farm workers

  Heavy downpours likely Thursday, sun returns for Friday

  Frank Caprara golf tourney helps Sacred Heart Foundation

  Philly cocaine bust could affect north country supply

Push to legalize marijuana in NY goes up in smoke

  Fort Drum, families remember fallen soldiers

Continued Coverage

  Author of magazine article on Jefferson County’s political tolerance appears on First @ 5

Woman in Thompson Park crash in stable condition

  Collegiate bass fishing enthusiasts get hooked on St. Lawrence River

  Lowville McDonald’s unveils makeover, new technology

  Local farmers try to catch up after difficult planting season

Survey: north country education system gets high marks

Carthage rescue squad: no thanks to hospital help

Carthage Area Rescue Squad has decided to pass on Carthage Area Hospital’s offer of help. That’s according to a hospital official.

  Budweiser Clydesdales and Dalmatians visit north country

There are a few celebrities in town this weekend, 12 of them to be exact. We meet the Budweiser Clydesdales and Dalmatians.

  Morning Checkup: Susan Peters Scholarship

The deadline is approaching for the second annual Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship.

  Sign up soon for Relay For Life softball tournament

Plans are underway for Team Faith's fifth annual Relay For Life Softball Tournament.

Ala. high school teacher dies in the Dominican Republic

Town of Lyme man injured in motorcycle crash

  Worth residents criticize town officials for wind law they don’t remember passing

  Watertown mayor candidates face off in forum

  Watertown Rapids continue losing skid

  North Country Sports Hall of Fame names 3rd round of inductees

Norfolk town court session cancelled

Wednesday evening's Town of Norfolk Court is cancelled.

  Roof collapses on downtown Antwerp building

A roof collapsed on a building in downtown Antwerp.

  Vehicle crashes down embankment at Watertown’s Thompson Park

Emergency personnel were called to Watertown's Thompson Park Tuesday afternoon after a car crashed down an embankment.

  Recycling center planned as disposal costs soar

Recycling costs continue to climb. It's showing up in bag fees and tax bills. The Development Authority of the North Country has a plan to help.

  An interview with Jeff Smith

First @ 5 anchor John Moore has been interviewing each the candidates for Watertown mayor. On Tuesday, he spoke with Jeff Smith.

  State beaches, campsites swallowed up by Lake Ontario flooding

The high waters of Lake Ontario are washing away state beaches and swallowing up campsites.

Lawmakers launch petition calling for suspension of Plan 2014

Three state lawmakers from the region are calling for the suspension of Plan 2014, the controversial plan that guides how water is regulated in Lake Ontario.

Black Pond now off limits to foot traffic

First, the Black Pond Wildlife Management Area was closed off to motorized traffic, but now even foot traffic is not permitted in the area.

  U.S. military’s first openly gay general speaks at Fort Drum

The first openly gay general to serve in the U.S. military spoke on Fort Drum Tuesday as part of the 10th Mountain Division's LGBT Pride observance.

  Potsdam to vote Wednesday on tax increase for library

Voters in the Potsdam school district go the polls Wednesday to vote on a small tax increase and trustees for the Potsdam Public Library.

  Students explore futures at Career Jam

Elementary students had the chance to get excited about their futures at Career Jam.

Salt barn burglary investigated

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary at the town of Oswegatchie salt barn.

  Just Face It: big support for little boy

This week on Just Face It: a St. Lawrence County community comes together in support of a little boy facing some big struggles.

  Learn more about Business Improvement District at breakfast next week

BID stands for Business Improvement District and there's a breakfast in Watertown next week for people to learn what that means.

  Check out upcoming concerts at Clayton Opera House

It continues to be busy at the Clayton Opera House.

  Watertown’s Concert in the Park coming soon

It's a popular annual event that draws thousands of people to Watertown's Thompson Park.

  Exchange grows heated over dog park at Watertown council meeting

The man who's spent more than a decade trying to make a dog park happen in Watertown is threatening to sue, but city officials say he's the one who's not cooperating.

State approves licenses for immigrants in U.S. illegally

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

  Rapids fall to Albany Dutchmen

It was a close game -- for at least the first few innings.

  Social media ‘threat’ almost cancels Lowville prom

Parents of Lowville Academy prom-goers had to scramble after a social media post threatened to cancel the event.

  Police: comment about mass shooting at Watertown Pride event was ’not a crime’

What you may have thought was hate speech, won't result in charges. That's the follow-up to a Facebook post from 2 weeks ago that seemed to encourage violence at this weekend's first-ever gay Pride events celebrating the LGBTQ community. Police say the post was in bad taste, not a threat.

Jefferson County extends state of emergency

Jefferson County has extended its state of emergency due to flooding on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

  ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem.

  St. Lawrence County buses connecting with colleges

St. Lawrence County public transit is going to college.

  NY tightens up vaccination laws

Faced with the worst measles outbreak in decades, New York is tightening up its vaccination laws. Religious exemptions will no longer be allowed.

  After 159 years, historian looks back on Carthage Republican Tribune

A town historian reflects on losing a hometown newspaper. The Carthage Republican Tribune, a fixture in the twin villages since 1860, soon won't be printed again.

  Your Turn: Feedback on Green Light Bill, short-term rentals & more

If the Green Light Bill becomes a law, undocumented immigrants in New York state would be able to get a drivers license without proving they are legal U.S. citizens. You shared your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

Kinky Boots the Musical on the Big Screen

Tony winner best musical, a Fathom Event in Watertown on the big screen, two days only.

  Classic car show to benefit charity

Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina will host a classic car show later this month to benefit the Leukemia Foundation.

  Watertown students enjoy Field Day with soldiers

Watertown elementary school students celebrated the end of the school year Monday with the help of Fort Drum.

Maple syrup production up despite shorter season

U.S. production of maple syrup increased slightly this year, even though the season was shorter than last year's.

  SPCA: Sibley & Kiko, parvo quarantine, adoption event

Jefferson County SPCA executive director Heather Spezzano brought Sibley and Kiko to visit the 7News studio Monday morning.

  Art for Nature reception benefits nature center

The second annual Art for Nature reception is this week.

Lewis County man allegedly threatens deputies with knives

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies say they had to tase a Pinckney man Saturday after he threatened them with knives he refused to drop.

Traffic Advisory: Flower Avenue West in Watertown

Part of Flower Avenue West in Watertown will be closed to traffic for most of Monday.

  Horseback riding Father’s Day tradition for Copenhagen Family

Some of the most meaningful gifts can't be bought. For the Malbouf's from Copenhagen - Father's Day means horseback riding.

  Sunday Sports: Watertown Rapids Baseball falls to Amsterdam

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Father’s Day Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest from the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds as the Watertown Rapids hosted the Amsterdam Mohawks.

  Weekly market grows from Facebook auction group

For the last few months, dozens of online vendors have been doing business out of Watertown’s Stone Street parking lot.

13 arrested in record welfare fraud sweep

It's being called the largest welfare fraud sweep in St. Lawrence County history.

  What high water is doing to habitat at Sandy Pond

The high Lake Ontario waters is also taking its toll on residents that can't speak for themselves.

  Saturday Sports: Rain washes out Watertown Rapids game

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown Rapids exhibition game against Academie Baseball Canada fell victim to the weather, with the team canceling the game a little before 7:30 Saturday night.

Amish buggy involved in St. Lawrence County crash

Two people sent to the hospital as a precaution Saturday after vehicle crashes into Amish buggy

  Hundreds meet to plan action against IJC and others over Lake Ontario flooding

Groups of lakeshore property owners met Saturday in the town of Sandy Creek, angry over record high water and flooding.

  Relaying in Jefferson County for cancer research, survivor says ‘There’s always hope’

It was a special birthday celebration for Michaela Dietterich Friday, as she enters her 31st year of life cancer free and raising money to research a cure.

  Experiencing a day on the farm

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - People got a chance to see what it’s like to work a day on a dairy farm.

  Motorcyclists hit the road to benefit Thousand Islands Habitat for Humanity

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Hitting the open road to give people in the community a place they can call home.

  Outflow from Lake Ontario won’t increase, for now

Outflow from Lake Ontario won’t increase, for now. The Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board of Control decided to hold off on increasing outflow from the lake through the dams in Massena.

  Friday Sports: Lafargeville Ladies Softball looking for State Title

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (WWNY) - The State Final 4 in Girls’ Softball takes place Saturday in South Glens Falls with two area teams in search of state titles.

Homeowners on Lake Ontario call flooding, high winds ‘just devastating’

Strong winds and high waters have property owners along Lake Ontario at their wits' end.

Scabies outbreak closes nursing home to visitors

There's an outbreak of scabies at the nursing facility at Lewis County General Hospital.

President Trump says West Carthage native will be ‘border czar’

According to Fox News, West Carthage native Thomas Homan is returning to the Trump Administration as a “border czar.”

SPCA dog wing quarantined due to parvovirus

The dog ward at the Jefferson County SPCA is under quarantine after a dog tested positive for parvovirus.

  Potsdam’s largest cemetery falls on hard times

Potsdam's largest cemetery falling on hard times. It's asking for some town help and coming up with some new ideas.

Talks will resume between union and Arconic

Talks will resume between United Steelworkers and Arconic on June 24, according to union officials.

  Jefferson County Local Food Guide now available

Registered dietitian Cathy Moore of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County appeared on 7 News at Noon on Friday to showcase the newly released Jefferson County Local Food Guide.

  Bluegrass fills the air near Lowville

When it comes to playing the strings, these musicians have some of the fastest fingers around.

  Youngsters celebrate Flag Day & positive behavior

Students from Ohio Street School in Watertown got a police escort Friday as they marched two blocks.

  Economist says U.S.-Canada trade is growing

Dozens of people attended a conference in Watertown Friday, promoting cross-border business and networking.