News Director Reen Cook brings you the latest local and regional news report live from the CKON News Center.

Trauma May Be Woven Into DNA of Native Americans

- Indian Country Today

Trauma is big news these days. Mainstream media is full of stories about the dramatic improvements allowing science to see more clearly how trauma affects our bodies, minds and even our genes. Much of the coverage hails the scientific connection between trauma and illness as a breakthrough for modern medicine. The next breakthrough will be how trauma affects our offspring.


Oneida Nation to Donate Indian Country Today Media Network Assets to NCAI

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) today announced that it is assuming control of the assets of Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN), the result of a donation to the organization by the Oneida Indian Nation.

“NCAI’s Executive Officers and I are humbled by this donation from ICTMN and the Oneida Indian Nation,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “Their love for Indian country carries through their every word and has inspired our tribal communities to tell their own stories. This is an immense responsibility; NCAI will approach this responsibility thoughtfully and deliberately with an eye towards strengthening Indian country’s voice.”

Top 5 Cities in Canada With the Most Indigenous People

- Indian Country Today

Some Canadians seem to think Indigenous Peoples mostly dwell in far-flung remote reserves.

But in fact the majority of indigenous people live in Canada’s cities, and according to the latest census, off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit are the fastest-booming populations in the whole country.

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 56 percent of aboriginal people live in the country’s urban areas. Indian Country Today Media Network took a look at the top five cities for indigenous people. Just as in the U.S., there were some surprises.

North Korea official to UN: 'Nuclear war may break out any moment'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment."

Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s -- and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

John McCain condemns 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' in speech

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America's role as an international leader is "unpatriotic."

The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country. In addition to recalling his more than two decades of Navy service and his imprisonment in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp, McCain took a moment to go a step further than the night's other speakers, who lamented what many described as a fractured political climate.

Has Las Vegas hotel guard vanished? Jesus Campos missing, union leader says

Since authorities changed the timeline for the Las Vegas shooting, many questions still remain and some were hoping a security guard at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino could help answer them.

Jesus Campos suffered a gunshot wound to his leg as he reportedly approached Stephen Paddock's room on Oct. 1, potentially saving lives as he distracted the shooter. He also helped direct law enforcement to Paddock's room and even stayed behind to help evacuate hotel guests.

Salvation Army closes donation bins due to bedbugs, garbage

- Watertown Daily Times

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Salvation Army has had to curtail donations to its after-hours bins at its State Street thrift store.

Lt. Stacy McNeil said the bins were closed because of the recent bedbug infestation in parts of the city and because people were using the bins to dispose of household garbage, including used baby diapers.

“When that happens,” Ms. McNeil said, “all the donations in the bin have been tainted.”

Emerald ash borer workshop slated for Nov. 1 at Cornell Cooperative Extension

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — As an invasive species continues its advance upon the north country, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is partnering with another state department and a local entity to inform landowners and begin preparation. The DEC, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop on the emerald ash borer from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043 B State Highway 68.