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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 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.
Aug 30, 2014 — Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
Aug 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.


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Report: immigrants moving to rural America

The story of immigrants flooding America's cities is almost as old as the United States itself. But a new report shows a shifting trend. While cities remain the main destination, a growing number of immigrants are settling in small, rural communities. They're drawn to jobs in agriculture, meatpacking, and the tourism and resort industries. Leif Jensen wrote the report for the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He told David Sommerstein that immigrants to small towns tend to poorer and less well educated than those who settle in cities. They also tend to be Mexican, married, and employed.  Go to full article

Hilton drops condo plan

The Hilton Lake Placid Resort has dropped plans for a five-story, 37,000 square foot condominium complex on Signal Hill-- in the heart of the village. The decision came after intense public outcry over the project. Chris Knight reports:  Go to full article

Lake Placid real estate agent fights condo project

In the coming months, North Country Public Radio will air an on-going series about mega-real estate developments, their impact on communities, the environment, the economy, and local taxes. Developers are already building new neighborhoods near Watertown to handle the rapid expansion of Fort Drum. Big projects have been proposed for Tupper Lake and Franklin Falls in Franklin County. Also on the drawing board are thousands of homes and condos planned for North Creek and West Mountain in Warren County. Today we begin with a look at a new 46-unit condo project proposed by the Hilton Corporation for downtown Lake Placid. "The market that this product is intended for is pretty upscale," says Edward Garrigan from Latham, New York, an engineer working on the project. "The architect took a lot of time and effort to make this part of the fabric of the community and not something that doesn't fit the Adirondacks and doesn't fit Lake Placid." But not everyone agrees that the project will match Lake Placid's scale. Rob Grant is a leading real estate agent in Lake Placid and has made his living for nearly two decades selling high-end homes. Now he's leading a campaign to block Hilton's condo project, which would be built in his neighborhood. Grant told Brian Mann that he got involved when the project affected him personally.  Go to full article

Report: NY?s tax system needs fixing

New York's property taxes are too high, and the entire tax system in New York could use an overhaul, according to a report by the think tank, the Fiscal Policy Institute. The...  Go to full article

Clarkson teams with Buffalo firm on bio-diesel

Potsdam and Clarkson University officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting yesterday, marking the opening of N-D Fusion - a technology start-up that will soon begin work on...  Go to full article

New shop-local website for the tri-lakes

Just in time for the Holidays -- a shop-local network is growing in the tri-lakes region. "Shop The Tri-Lakes" was created by a volunteer committee of residents. It's a free...  Go to full article

Senate holds hearing on hospital closings

Opponents of a state commission's plan to close hospitals in New York testified at a Senate hearing Friday, and urged the legislature not to adopt the plan. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Denmark offers a contrasting bottom line on health care

Jeppe Sorenson is a research associate for the Danish Institute of Health. Sorensen's research includes comparisons of universal health care systems - like Denmark's, with...  Go to full article

NCCC considers leaving Saranac Lake for Lake Placid

The leadership of North Country Community College is considering moving its main campus from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. The possible move is only one of several options...  Go to full article

Pataki: Millions to aid health workers

Governor Pataki says there's $15 million to help hospital workers who would be forced from their jobs if the hospital closings recommended by a commission take effect. Karen...  Go to full article

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