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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...


Aug 1, 2014 — Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.
Aug 1, 2014 — The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.
Aug 1, 2014 — It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.

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Mixed messages on four-wheelers

There's been a lot of news lately about ATVs in the North Country. The state wants to close trails in some places and build new ones in others. Governor Pataki even sent an unsolicited $500,000 to St. Lawrence County for an ATV trail. Meanwhile, towns are striking laws that allow four-wheelers on the roads. David Sommerstein sorts through the mixed messages about ATVs' role in outdoor recreation.  Go to full article

Auto assembly plant goes green

A new assembly plant from one of Detroit's Big Three car companies is getting attention for its "green" qualities. Big Three automakers may not rank at the top of most environmentalists' list for companies of the year. But some say the new auto plant is a sign that environmentally-sensitive manufacturing has finally gone main-stream. It's not just because building green plants is the right thing to do. Really, it comes down to a different kind of green. The Environment Report's Dustin Dwyer has the story.  Go to full article

The Biofuel Economy, part 2: ethanol alternatives

Ethanol fuel is grain alcohol blended with regular gasoline. E10 is the most common blend, 10% ethanol, 90% gas. It runs in regular cars. About a third of the gas sold in America is E10. E85 is 85% ethanol and only runs in specially designed engines. Ethanol is big business for American corn farmers. But corn isn't the only crop you can make ethanol from. And it may not be the best, for the environment or for North Country farmers. New York State is taking steps towards a radically different kind of ethanol production. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Biofuel Economy, Part I: Biodiesel

Biofuel. You hear a lot about it these days. And how the growing industry means new opportunities for farmers and foresters and other businesses in the North Country. Over...  Go to full article

ORDA loses major sponsor

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has lost one of its most lucrative corporate sponsors. Verizon has decided not to renew its contract with ORDA, ending a four-year...  Go to full article
Young gardeners Syl and Sage hunt for potatoes in the Cecilie Garden

Harvest time in a community garden

Dozens of gardening volunteers continue the harvest at two community gardens in Canton and Potsdam. The gardens are being tended by students from SUNY-Potsdam and members of...  Go to full article

High court to hear CFE suit

The long running court case on school funding will once again be before the State's highest court next month. The group that brought the lawsuit, the Campaign for Fiscal...  Go to full article

Baby booms and other complications: local health care challenges

The 5th Annual Rural Health Care Conference is in its second day in Chatauqua. This year, all the discussions take place in the shadow of the New York State Right Sizing...  Go to full article

State, local partnership preserves public marina

New York state will spent $2 million preserving access to a marina in Bolton Landing. Town officials will contribute another $2.5 million. Locals had worried that the...  Go to full article

Doctors learn strategies to treat Amish

Providing health care to Amish communities poses unique challenges. So unique that the subject will have its own breakout session this week at the 5th Annual Conference on...  Go to full article

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