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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 28, 2014 — The FBI says it is working with the Secret Service to investigate the alleged swiping of account data, which it's thought might be in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Moscow.
Aug 28, 2014 — A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.
Aug 28, 2014 — Much like your mortgage, the cat is a loan. Cats are delivered to the new residence for a two-hour visit. In Russia, it's considered good luck for a cat to cross the threshold of a new home.

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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 worker program to allow immigrants to work on the nation's farms. That was a big disappointment for North Country dairy farmers, who have become increasingly dependent on Mexican and Central American employees. Meanwhile, farm raids by immigration officials in western New York keep Hispanic workers living invisible lives. There are no numbers on exactly how many Hispanics work on dairy farms in northern New York. One estimate says 300 work in Jefferson County alone. Based on national estimates, three-quarters of them entered the United States illegally. Last May, David Sommerstein produced a series on Hispanics on North Country farms. The first report was on the farmhands themselves.  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 hotel management programs from the Hotel Saranac to the Crown Plaza Resort in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, the switch is expected to begin with the start of the spring semester in January.  Go to full article

Bush friend new Seaway chief

A close friend and college roommate of President Bush was sworn in as the new head of the St. Lawrence Seaway yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

APA approves Ti Lowe's sign, feud continues

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a sign yesterday for the new Lowe's store under development in Ticonderoga. The review process triggered a major feud between elected...  Go to full article

R.J. Reynolds to end sales of flavored cigarettes

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Attorneys General from 37 other states have reached an agreement with the R.J. Reynolds Company to ban the sale of candy-flavored...  Go to full article

Alternative energy subsidies sound policy?

Americans are thinking more about energy. We're facing higher prices. There's worry about climate change. And there are questions about whether our need for foreign oil is...  Go to full article

Gasification: alternative energy miracle?

The Potsdam-based Zeropoint Clean Technology is building a privately funded plant in Massena. It's scheduled to be built by early 2007. It's a small test facility, but the...  Go to full article
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.

Soul food for the stomach and spirit

The growth of Fort Drum since the 1980s has had a profound cultural effect on the Watertown area. You can see it in the restaurants scattered outside the base. Thai food,...  Go to full article

Heard up North: My "Green" Bathroom

Everybody loves an open house. Now you can check out your neighbor's cabinets AND cut your energy bills. Saturday, October 7th from 10-4 the GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE will...  Go to full article

Advocates hope for more LIHEAP funding

National Grid expects the price of natural gas to decline sharply this winter by about 11 %. Weather forecasters are calling for another relatively mild winter, but the odds...  Go to full article

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