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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 17, 2014 — Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.
Apr 17, 2014 — Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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Downtown Glens Falls. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Downtown Glens Falls. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Growing Glens Falls region means more infrastructure needs

During a visit to Glens Falls yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by the campus of Adirondack Community College to meet with local economic development leaders. Unlike much of the North Country, the economy in the Glens Falls region is strong, with unemployment just over 5 percent and a wave of new construction and new businesses.  Go to full article
The six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy c. 1720. Graphic: <a href=" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iroquois_6_Nations_map_c1720.png">Nonenmacher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Onondaga land claim will go to OAS human rights commission

The Onondaga Indian Nation has brought its decade old land claim case to an international human rights commission.

A lawsuit first filed in 2005 argues land was illegally taken from the Onondagas in the 18th and 19th centuries. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in October.  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany

The Port of Albany has been the focus of a lot of attention lately because of community debate over the location of a proposed crude oil processing plant.

But before the industrial sites and rail yards moved in about 80 years ago, the port was known as Castle Island.

Several Capital Region historians believe the island is the site of the very first Dutch settlement in America, Fort Nassau. But nearly 400 years after it was abandoned, Fort Nassua's exact location remains a mystery.  Go to full article

NY comptroller says dubious tax refunds blocked

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Comptroller's Office reports stopping more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year, saying it has found...  Go to full article
Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/capturedscenery/678142095/">Timothy Holt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont's largest hospital seeks 128 new rooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's largest hospital wants to construct a new building that would contain 128 private patient rooms.

The Burlington Development Review...  Go to full article
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Green groups pressure Cuomo on rail oil trains in NY

National environmental groups are putting the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the expanding international oil distribution center, located just blocks from...  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office

Astorino brings gubernatorial challenge to the North Country

Last month, Rob Astorino announced his campaign to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the coming race for governor. The Republican candidate faces obvious challenges: lack of name...  Go to full article
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wdwbarber/2943933431/">Bill Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario farmland continues to soar in value

There has been another healthy increase in the value of Ontario farmland.

Farm Credit Canada's "Farmland Values Report" says the average value of farmland in the...  Go to full article

Foundation says law changes improve NY tax climate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Washington-based Tax Foundation says recent changes in New York law would raise the state's corporate tax climate ranking from 25th to fourth best in...  Go to full article
The Canton United Methodist Church regularly offers free meals. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Systemic hunger, right here in the North Country

In the North Country, there is an ongoing conversation about poverty, health, and hunger. Over the last five years, 40 percent more people living in St. Lawrence County have...  Go to full article

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