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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 19, 2014 — General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
Apr 19, 2014 — Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.
Apr 19, 2014 — Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.

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Dems Pledge More Money for Municipalities

Assembly Democrats say local cities, towns, and villages should get more money in the new state budget to help curb rising property taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Bobbie and Bob Andrews in the barn.

A Year on the Farm: Winter Doesn't Stop Chores

The North Country used to be a region of dairy farmers. Northern New York has lost hundreds of dairy farms since the 1980s. Still, dairy remains the biggest industry here and the cow remains a potent symbol. But fewer people know what dairy farming is all about. This year, David Sommerstein is going to try to demystify the dairy farm. Every month in 2006, we'll follow life in the barn, on the fields, and in the farmhouse through the changing seasons. In this first edition of A Year on the Farm, David takes us to the Andrews farm in the town of Fowler, outside Gouverneur, for the basic chores that go on year-round - milking, feeding, and bedding.  Go to full article

Mild Weather Slowing Logging Operations

Mild winter weather is slowing down logging operations across the region. Many areas in the North Country can only be logged in the winter because they stay too wet and muddy in the summer.  Go to full article
Senator Clinton campaigning against the passport plan last summer in Massena.

"Passport-Lite" Plan Raises Border Questions

Last year the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to require U.S. and Canadian citizens to show passports at the Canadian border. The proposal drew widespread...  Go to full article

"Frankenpine" Tower Suit Thrown Out

A state Supreme Court judge in Saratoga Springs has dismissed an
environmental group's lawsuit over a controversial cell phone tower on Lake George. The so-called...  Go to full article

Spitzer Outlines Reform Plans

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who's the only announced candidate for Governor in this year's elections, outlined his plan to reform the state's health care system and...  Go to full article

Municipal Power Group Settles Legal Battle

A group of St. Lawrence and Franklin County towns has cleared a minor hurdle in their quest to create a municipalized power system. The Alliance for Municipal Power has...  Go to full article

Pataki Gives Final Budget Speech

Governor Pataki released his 12th and final budget, to mixed reviews. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Blazer Returns to ORDA

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has a new president and CEO. And he's a familiar face. Ted Blazer was unanimously re-appointed to his old job Tuesday by the ORDA...  Go to full article

New People, New Plans for Small Farms

Agriculture is changing in the North Country. Dairy still dominates the countryside, but more farmers are turning to alternative means of working the land. Some of these...  Go to full article

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