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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...

Aug 21, 2014 — With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? Robert Siegel asks Alan Blinder of Princeton University.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the latest fallout from misdeeds leading up to the financial crisis, Bank of America has agreed to a record $16.65 billion deal with federal and state governments. The deal helps the bank avoid prosecution for the fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors.
Aug 21, 2014 — It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?


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A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears and humans stay wild?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Lots of people come from all over the country to have their annual wildnerness experience, along with all the creature comforts of Old Forge's main street. But for years, residents of Old Forge and wildlife experts have been working to strike a balance with tourists: how to let humans have their fun and keep wild animals of the Adirondack park--like bears--wild, without turning any of that tourism away.  Go to full article
from left, are Anthony Collins, president, Clarkson University; Judge Eugene Nicandri, NYPA trustee; Dekalb Town Supervisor John Frary, St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill, Assemblywoman Addie Russell; Stephen Hunt, North Country Regional Director, ESD, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO; David Lucht, Corning's Canton plant manager; Curt Weinstein, vice president and GM, Advanced Optics, Corning Specialty Materials; Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Senator Patty Ritchie; Patrick Kelly, CEO, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency; and Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley. Photo: New York Power Authority

Corning celebrates expansion, 40 new jobs in Canton

State and local leaders dug shovels into dirt yesterday to celebrate the expansion of the Corning plant in Canton. Corning is investing $21 million dollars and creating 40 new jobs.  Go to full article
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Support at Ft. Drum for missile site that may never be built

Fort Drum is one of four locations the military is considering for a missile defense site for the East Coast. The project could bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Watertown region.

Most people who showed up to a public hearing Tuesday night in Carthage supported the idea. The biggest question is whether the project will be built at all.  Go to full article
Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from Youtube video

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans Democrats

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group's agenda...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Taiter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Craft beer research will be brewing at Hartwick

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) Hartwick College is getting government help to develop a lab designed to support the local craft brewing industry.  Go to full article

Xerox to lay off 121 at New York plant

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) Xerox Corp. plans to lay off 121 people at its Webster plant in western New York.  Go to full article
Student using an iPad in class. Photo: <a href="">Chris Deigan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Voters will decide education bond act this fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion for new technology including iPads in school classrooms. Teachers and school...  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY giving $340M to 81 schools, groups for pre-K

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive $340 million to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000...  Go to full article
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: <a href="">Todd Mundt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse's Hancock airport get $1.7M for upgrades

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting $1.7 million in federal funding for storage facility upgrades.  Go to full article
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sen. Schumer swings through Adirondacks, pushes tech training grant for NCCC

Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country on Friday, making stops in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Speculator. In Saranac Lake, Schumer said he's pushing for grant...  Go to full article

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