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The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that New York state is recognizing Warren County for having a system to keep county jail inmates from collecting unemployment benefits. The state comptroller’s office found last year that in five counties...
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...


Apr 25, 2014 — Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.
Apr 25, 2014 — Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.
Apr 24, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Widrick with the mega-cow.
Widrick with the mega-cow.

Heard Up North: Lowville's "Mega-Cow"

The village of Lowville has a new landmark to greet visitors in 2006. The Lowville Producer's Dairy Co-op bought a ten-foot tall, 1000-pound ceramic cow last month. The mega-bovine now graces the front lawn of the coop's cheese store on Route 12. It cost $10,000, which raised eyebrows among some of the coop's farmers. But the coop's manager told David Sommerstein it was well worth it.  Go to full article

Walmart Paid $1.6 Million for Potsdam Site

County records show Walmart paid $1.6 million for property on Route 11 on the outskirts of Potsdam. The world's biggest retailer plans to build a massive Supercenter there. But a lawsuit is challenging the project. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Internal Divisions Cloud NYPA Meeting

Local officials will meet next week in Canton to discuss St. Lawrence County's two-year-old settlement with the New York Power Authority. As David Sommerstein reports, they may have trouble finding agreement on many issues.  Go to full article

Tupper Locals Urge Careful Review of Resort

Tupper Lake's town board held a public hearing last night to take comments on zoning changes proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman hopes to build a seven hundred home...  Go to full article

Disability on the Farm

This week we're hearing audio diaries. Today's is a part of our year-long series Disability Matters, looking at the issues facing people with disabilities in the North...  Go to full article

"Seasonals" Enter Big Tupper Debate

Town officials in Tupper Lake will hold a hearing tonight to discuss zoning changes for the proposed resort around the Big Tupper ski area. Pennsylvania developer Michael...  Go to full article

Mexican Farm Workers Arrested en Route to Lowville

State Police in Oneida County arrested 10 illegal Mexican immigrants yesterday. Troopers responded to a vehicle that had slid off of Route 12. David Sommerstein spoke with...  Go to full article

So... Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't very clear on what "boxing day" means--and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled...  Go to full article
Carrie Baker's emotional encounter with the mother of Gabriel, her employee.

Farmers Seek Workers' Roots - in Mexico

Five years ago, just a handful of dairy farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Today, some 50 farms use or have expressed a desire to hire workers from...  Go to full article

Hispanic Dairy Workers in New York: The Bigger Picture

Agricultural labor specialist Tom Maloney of Cornell University completed a survey of Hispanic workers on New York dairy farms earlier this year. Many of these workers came...  Go to full article

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