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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 16, 2014 — General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. This could further complicate its current public relations crisis.
Apr 16, 2014 — The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
Apr 16, 2014 — Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.

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Defense Bill Targets Drum Housing Crunch

The $450 billion defense spending bill that passed the House of Representatives early Monday morning has some measures designed to help the housing crunch at Fort Drum. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Times-Union columnist Fred LeBrun (Source: Albany T-U)

Pataki Era's End Means Changes For Adks

Governor George Pataki won't be running for re-election next year. Over the next few months, we'll be looking at the end of the Pataki era, trying to gauge how this transition will affect the North Country Pataki owns a farm in the Adirondacks. He's been a close ally to local Republican leaders, including state Senators Jim Wright and Betty Little. This morning, we talk with Fred LeBrun, a veteran columnist for the Albany Times-Union. He's written extensively about state politics and the Adirondacks Park. LeBrun told Brian Mann that Pataki's deepening ties to the region and his interest in Adirondack issues came as a surprise.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake Placid Lodge broke out some time after 9 o'clock. There were no injuries. The main structure also suffered smoke and water damage. The Lodge -- first built in 1882 -- was one of the Adirondacks' premier luxury hotels, attracting famous guests including Britney Spears and Bill Gates. As Brian Mann reports, the fire could leave some of the resort's employees out of work just as the busy holiday season gets underway.  Go to full article

Farmland Increasing Worldwide

The amount of farmland is decreasing throughout the Great Lakes region. But scientists say the amount of agricultural land is increasing worldwide, bringing additional...  Go to full article

NYPA to Revisit Hydro Dam Deal?

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority and St. Lawrence County closed a deal that ended years of negotiations. It allows the Authority to run the giant hydropower dam...  Go to full article

McHugh: Power Authority Deal "Unacceptable"

North Country officials, including Congressman John McHugh, are lashing out at the New York Power Authority for its nearly $1 billion settlement for the power project in...  Go to full article

Spiegel Mansion in Lake Placid Faces AG Action

After months of negotiations, the Adirondack Park Agency is taking legal action against Pataki ally Arthur Spiegel. The APA has referred the case to New York's attorney...  Go to full article

Tighter Security Worries T.I. Business Owners

The Department of Homeland Security is weighing a proposal that would require everybody crossing the US - Canada border to have a passport. Critics include senators Hillary...  Go to full article

Gifts for Gardeners, Pt. I

Tool madness hits the gardneing industry, offering gift-givers a host of choices. Horticulturist Amy Ivy helps sort through the array of tools and gadgets available this...  Go to full article

Kinney Drugs Sues Developer Over Walgreens

A North Country-grown drug store chain is suing a long-time ally and developer. The lawsuit claims the man gave away Kinney's confidential information to Walgreens, the...  Go to full article

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