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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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Call-in: the future of the North Country prison industry

Guests include Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess, a former inmate who spent time in North Country prisons and now works as a youth counselor and activist. We also hear from Donn Rowe, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guard union, who has fought to keep North Country prisons open. And we hear from Donald Bilow, a town supervisor from Chateaugay, where the prison is due to close in July.

Prison Time Media Project reporters Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty, and NCPR News Director Martha Foley, along with guests take calls and questions from listeners.  Go to full article
Rabbi Eli Hersh, right, talks with Paul Pillis of Gabriels at the Paul Smith's College VIC Tuesday. Also pictured are Hersh's father-in-law, Sam Bojman, and his daughter Bryna. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Former Camp Gabriels prison will become Orthodox Jewish camp

A downstate rabbi plans to turn the former Camp Gabriels prison in Franklin County into a summer camp for Orthodox Jewish boys.

That plan was outlined to local residents Tuesday at the Paul Smith's College VIC. Rabbi Eli Hersh of Spring Valley said between 150 and 250 boys from Orthodox Jewish communities, mostly in the New York City area, would attend the seven-week camp.

There are still unanswered questions about what the property will be used for the rest of the year, but town of Brighton residents welcomed the prison's new owner to the community.  Go to full article
Doug Huntley, superintendent of Queensbury Union Free school district. Photo courtesy Doug Huntley

Should schools teach career-specific skills earlier?

Monday at St. Lawrence University, officials, educators and community leaders will gather for the 12th annual North Country Symposium. This year, the day-long conference will focus on sustaining the North Country's schools and ask how education can be more tightly woven into the fabric of North Country life.

One of the keynote speakers believes students need to begin pursuing the skills they'll need for a career earlier. Doug Huntley is superintendent of the Queensbury Union Free school district near Glens Falls, and a former superintendent of Massena Central schools.  Go to full article
Photo via <a href="http://www.ncnyhealthcompass.org/">North Country Health Compass</a>.

The North Country's health, measured online

Blood pressure, cholesterol, weight - doctors check all of these indicators to see whether their patients are healthy. Zooming out a bit, how would you measure the health of...  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government...  Go to full article
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Vermont_State_House.jpg">GearedBull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont solons seek faster wage hikes than Shumlin

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A fight could be brewing between Vermont lawmakers and the Shumlin administration over how fast to move to a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.
...  Go to full article
Solar at peak power in Middlebury, VT. Photo: <a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8545535608_3b22631ef6_o.jpg">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. has new law encouraging small power generation

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new Vermont law makes it easier for small power producers to sell any excess electricity they produce.

The "net metering" law signed...  Go to full article
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and...  Go to full article
Alcoa workers at a press conference in 2007 during which the company promised to maintain 1065 jobs. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Alcoa reduces Massena workforce to 750

Alcoa has reached an agreement with New York State to keep its low cost power contract and proceed with a plan to build a new modern potline at its East plant in Massena....  Go to full article
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Is budget boost enough to save North Country schools?

Schools are digesting news of a $1.1 billion increase in state aid in the budget deal announced over the weekend.

State Senator Patty Ritchie says that's the...  Go to full article

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