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Alcoa, Union Pull Back From Strike

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement late last night on a four-year contract. The pact avoids a strike by 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including two in Massena. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Fear Worst as Deadline Looms

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers of America are locked in last-minute talks in St. Louis over a new contract. The current contract covers 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including the two Alcoa plants in Massena. The two sides remain far apart on health care and retirement packages. As David Sommerstein reports, both are prepared for a strike.  Go to full article

Farm Bureau Warns of Immigration Raids

The New York Farm Bureau is cautioning farmers to watch out for immigration officials. An e-mail alert reports of roadblocks and farm raids as federal agents step up their search for illegal workers. More than 50 Mexicans have been deported from western and central New York this month. David Sommerstein has the story.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say More Budget Talks Needed

The legislature and some interest groups say the state budget is not done, even though Governor Pataki has declared the process over for the year. Legislative leaders and...  Go to full article
Bob Andrews and his furrowed fields in Fowler.

A Year on the Farm: Plowing in Between the Rocks

When you drive across the North Country at this time of year, you'll see some farm fields already green with shoots. Others are deep brown and ready for seeding. Some...  Go to full article

Walmart Begins Direct Marketing in Saranac Lake

For the first time, Wal-Mart is directly asking residents of the Saranac Lake area to support its plans to build a 121,000 square foot supercenter in the village. The appeal...  Go to full article

Assembly Considers "Fair Share" Health Care Bill

The State Assembly held hearings on a bill to force large retailers and other employers to provide health insurance to their workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
An "Empty Bowls" wall display at South Jefferson Middle School

South Jefferson School Fights Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Hundreds of clay bowls that were made over the last few months by students and staff in a Jefferson County school will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief. South...  Go to full article

Fighting Brand Wal-Mart

When you compete with Wal-Mart, you're not only competing with the store. You're competing with the brand. That's what Gregory Warner found when he stopped by a survival...  Go to full article

Commentary: Paul Hetzler on election-year tax cuts

President Bush is hoping for an election-year boost from a $70-billion tax cut package he signed yesterday. The measure extends a pair of tax breaks - one benefiting...  Go to full article

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