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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 2, 2014 — It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.
Sep 2, 2014 — A company called WTAS is reviving the defunct accounting firm's name and hoping clients have forgotten its associations with the Enron scandal.
Sep 2, 2014 — Pretzel makers warn that they are willing to strike just in time for the world's biggest beer festival. Oktoberfest begins at the end of this month.

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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 the next few days we're going to take a closer look at what the biofuel economy might mean for the North Country. We'll look at big plans and small solutions.

First, what is biofuel? Biofuel means using biological material for energy. Like burning wood in a woodstove for heat. There are two kinds of biofuel used for transportation: ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol is a gasoline additive made from vegetable crops - mostly corn. We'll talk more about ethanol tomorrow.

Today we'll look at biodiesel. Biodiesel is basically vegetable oil with the glycerin removed. It can run in diesel engines. It's mostly made from soybean oil. As fuel prices rise, It's becoming more cost-competitive. But as Gregory Warner reports, many consumers and farmers are still wary.  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 relationship. As Chris Knight reports, ORDA officials say the loss in revenue won't affect operations.  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 the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton through "UShare", a congregation project to grow vegetables for food pantries. All the produce from the two gardens is given to St. Lawrence County foodshelves. Todd Moe spoke with some of the volunteers in the Cecilie Garden in Potsdam yesterday afternoon.  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

Big Tupper resort proposal gets public hearing

The supporters outnumbered the critics by a wide margin last night at a public hearing in Tupper Lake on whether thousands of acres in the town should be rezoned for the...  Go to full article
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Farmers wary of more wetlands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand a program that helps farmers convert untillable acres into wetland habitat for birds. The program has already protected...  Go to full article
Eliot Spitzer meets and greets in Massena.

Spitzer rallies labor in Massena

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer revved up organized labor in Massena Friday morning as a part of a 3-day Upstate campaign swing with his running-mate David Patterson. The...  Go to full article

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