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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...


Sep 1, 2014 — An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.
Sep 1, 2014 — On Monday, Deborah Rutter begins her job as president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She says it never occurred to her that she would be the first woman in the job.
Sep 1, 2014 — For the 19th consecutive season, the country's second-largest sports and media market will be relegated to watching. It's been nearly two decades since LA had an NFL team, but that may be changing.

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NY lawmakers urged to focus on state debt

A budget watch dog group says before the legislature returns later this year to perhaps vote themselves a pay raise, they should do something about the state's debt, which is set to hit $50 billion dollars before the end of the year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews and his silos, topped off for winter.

A Year on the Farm: batten down the hatches

This year, David Sommerstein's been sending monthly audio postcards from Bob Andrews' 80-cow dairy farm near Gouverneur. At this time of year, farmers are in high gear to batten down the hatches for winter. They're stowing away machinery and trying to get that last cutting in from the fields to top off the silo. Here's another edition of A Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

DEC releases snowmobile plan

The state DEC has released their long-awaited snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists have raised concerns. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

USDA considers milk payment change

Dairy prices are set by a dense skein of market forces and government controls. The US Department of Agriculture periodically issues milk marketing orders intended to...  Go to full article

After 27 years, Potsdam lumber mill shuts down

Potsdam Hardwoods has shut its doors. The lumber mill opened 27 years ago. But rising costs, and foreign competition, have forced the mill's Canadian owners to consolidate....  Go to full article

Farmers on the wrong side of the law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend...  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside...  Go to full article

Empire Zones: companies gobble up tax breaks

New York's Empire Zone program is supposed to give companies tax breaks in exchange for creating new jobs. An investigation by the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper...  Go to full article

Latinos on dairy farms, in shadows

Just before Congress adjourned this fall, lawmakers approved $1.2 billion to begin construction on a 700-mile wall along the US/Mexican border. But they didn't pass a guest...  Go to full article

Hotel Saranac faces uncertain future

The future of a local landmark in Saranac Lake is in question after Paul Smith's College officials told students this week that they plans to move the college's culinary and...  Go to full article

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