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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...
We’ve reported a lot in the last couple years about the threat that the coming digital conversion of films poses to small movie theaters in our region, and the many efforts that have been made to help local theaters make that transition. In...


Jul 30, 2014 — A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
Jul 30, 2014 — Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.
Jul 30, 2014 — In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

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Highway 401. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/4756260863/in/photolist-5s2k16-8E143F-8fi5DD-6JryRg-9TCRcs-5c7SAK-dwaGc-5Adove-8fpYtJ-6ZucYk-5wUZ9f-5zYqyR-6xfAJB-7PAHC6-5xXrNo-854zjM-4Mg1Wo-9qvPf3-a5nErU-6iJc73-9usFFV-9uvHvC-9usFZn-miWRA7-9BL43Z-5AyvFs-iBoWPJ-98b8hq-79XpY7-8Tax7H-6AvLCo-6NJBru-9Co5pV-4Mg2co-6Hb3Pp-fQs5ch-7vGgWd-fQasPV-9af6c-fQarJz-fQavaH-fQs2m9-5QA6BN-6zUQaS-8TaoJ4-6SVPLo-8Tavvc-adW2X-6NJHCd-8TdCoA">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Highway 401. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer: highway funding row would delay projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says dozens of highway projects in New York state would be delayed if Congress can't reach an agreement on federal highway funding.

The Democrat said last week that the state would be forced to either put off projects or pay for them without federal assistance if lawmakers don't replenish the federal highway trust fund.  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Comptroller: Olympic authority needs "fiscal balance"

A new report issued this week by New York's state Comptroller office is aiming fire at the business and accounting practices of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

That's the state-owned enterprise that operates sports and tourism venues in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

The audit found that ORDA is losing money and is often forced to borrow cash to pay for basic operations.  Go to full article
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward

State plans more public meetings on I-81 project

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials plan to hold more public meetings in Syracuse on the upcoming project to redesign the elevated stretch of Interstate 81.

The Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will hold six neighborhood meetings this month about the I-81 viaduct project. The elevated portion of the north-south highway that cuts through downtown Syracuse is deteriorating and needs to be upgraded.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/4138495918/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Work begins on Syracuse's Inner Harbor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined local leaders to break ground on a long-awaited redevelopment project in Syracuse.

The Democrat...  Go to full article
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved

Beating invasive water milfoil, year by year

New York state's first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week is drawing to a close.

There's been a slew of public outreach and education initiatives - all to help...  Go to full article

Adirondack train route to rail-trail conversation

There was dramatic news yesterday afternoon from Albany. State officials announced that they will formally reopen the unit management plan for the historic rail corridor that...  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein

Schumer lends help in Tri-Town - USDA dispute

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help a St. Lawrence County slaughterhouse with a dispute with its meat inspectors.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/38983646@N06/6095398568/">Putneypics</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US EPA uses Vermont flood planning to help others

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in...  Go to full article
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3054923942/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York casino applicants promise economic boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop...  Go to full article
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority director, Wade Davis, and Assemblywoman Addie Russell show U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer the plans for extending the runway, indicated in blue on the diagram. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ogdensburg airport ok "waiting on someone's desk"

The city of Ogdensburg is getting ready to take off into a bigger air travel market. The Ogdensburg airport signed a contract last month with Allegiant Air to fly...  Go to full article

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