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Developer Erich Seber gives local officials a tour of the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
Developer Erich Seber gives local officials a tour of the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Developers eager to revive Watertown Woolworth building

After founding his first stores elsewhere, Jefferson County's Frank Winfield Woolworth bought the building in Watertown where he'd gotten his start in the dry goods business, intending to raze it and build one of his own stores. Woolworth died before he could see it, but his company realized his plan and the building's a central part of the early history of the five-and-dime chain. After years of vacancy, two developers have plans to revive the landmark.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>

Scandal overshadows Cuomo's triumphant budget tour

Governor Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly-passed state budget, saying it shows that New York is functional again. But in the wake of two recent corruption and bribery arrests of state legislators, not everyone is completely convinced.  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens hosted a group of security officials and business leaders at Clarkson University to discuss trade and travel across the US/Canada border. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Travel, job creation on table at Owens US/Canada border forum

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, crossing the border with Canada has become a much more difficult experience. Congressman Bill Owens hosted a group of security officials and business leaders at Clarkson University on Friday, April 5, to talk about how to move people and goods over the border securely, and create jobs.  Go to full article
Image: Veronica200626 via WXXI

Will the US follow Canada's entrepreneur visa lead?

Canada is aiming to woo bright young entrepreneurs with a startup visa program. The scheme offers immediate permanent residence to...  Go to full article
Manure pile. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87255087@N00/3572826346/">Knitting Iris</a>, CC some rights reserved

Manure in the garden

Best practices in gardening can change over the years. Martha Foley and cooperative extension horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about new wisdom on the best ways to use manure in...  Go to full article
Eric Stevenson. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=079&sh=photos">NYS Assembly</a>

Yet more corruption, bribery charges for NYS politicians

Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, an assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to...  Go to full article
Sen. Andrew Lanza, a sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the New York State Senate. Photo: <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrew-j-lanza">Sen. Lanza website</a><br />

Fighting sex trafficking in New York state

Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business.

It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is...  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein

Mohawks rip EPA's Grasse River cleanup plan

Update: The EPA released its final plan for the Alcoa Grasse River cleanup late this morning. ...  Go to full article

VT Senate considers driver's licenses for migrant workers

A bill in the Vermont Senate would allow migrant farm workers access to driver's licenses.

Vermont is home to approximately 1500 migrant workers - many of whom...  Go to full article
Loretta Thayer at her hamburger place, the Silver Leaf. Photo: Julie Grant

A safe haven, and homemade pie, at the Silver Leaf

North Country highways are full of diners, cafes, and coffee shops. The sign on the Silver Leaf in DeKalb Junction calls it a diner. But owner Loretta Thayer says it's really...  Go to full article
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln.  Photo: Todd Moe

How a young artist is creating her niche in the art world

Over the next few months, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. It...  Go to full article
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