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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...
We’ve reported a lot in the last couple years about the threat that the coming digital conversion of films poses to small movie theaters in our region, and the many efforts that have been made to help local theaters make that transition. In...


Jul 24, 2014 — Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
Jul 23, 2014 — GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls. While many of the vehicles have relatively minor issues, thousands of others have potential problems with their steering.
Jul 23, 2014 — Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.

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An "Empty Bowls" wall display at South Jefferson Middle School
An "Empty Bowls" wall display at South Jefferson Middle School

South Jefferson School Fights Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Hundreds of clay bowls that were made over the last few months by students and staff in a Jefferson County school will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief. South Jefferson Middle School, in Adams, is participating in the "Empty Bowls" program. The basic idea for the project is simple. Participants create ceramic bowls, then serve a simple meal of soup and bread. All the money raised benefits local food shelves and homeless shelters. South Jefferson's dinner is Wednesday night (5-6:30 pm) in the High School cafeteria. South Jefferson Middle School counselor Steve Robinson told Todd Moe that all 450 students participated in the project.  Go to full article

Fighting Brand Wal-Mart

When you compete with Wal-Mart, you're not only competing with the store. You're competing with the brand. That's what Gregory Warner found when he stopped by a survival workshop for business owners in Potsdam yesterday. The workshops to help local businesses compete with mega-retailers were offered by the Malone-based non-profit ComLinks, along with local Small Business Development Centers. Though these local businesses were not all the mom-and-pop stores you might expect.  Go to full article

Commentary: Paul Hetzler on election-year tax cuts

President Bush is hoping for an election-year boost from a $70-billion tax cut package he signed yesterday. The measure extends a pair of tax breaks - one benefiting investors, the other upper-middle-income families. Democrats contend the tax breaks are another gift to the rich that only plunges the nation deeper in debt. President Bush's approval ratings are the lowest of his presidency, and congressional re-election campaigns are getting underway. The tax cuts are seen as one way the president can galvanize his and the GOP's core supporters. Commentator Paul Hetzler wonders how a significant chunk of that political base can go along.  Go to full article

Farmers on the Wrong Side of the Law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend...  Go to full article

Web Only: Farmworker Legal Services of NY

Listen to David Sommerstein's interview with Jim Schmidt, co-director of Farmworker Legal Services of New York, based in Rochester. He talks about the common abuses Hispanic...  Go to full article

Latinos on the Farm, in the Shadows

In the North Country, two groups are watching the immigration debate closely: dairy farmers and the Mexicans and Central Americans who work for them. There are no numbers on...  Go to full article

Drivers Delay the Sting of High Gas Prices

Gas prices are as high as they've ever been in the U.S. But there's one place in the country where people are fueling up for under a dollar a gallon. The GLRC's Mark Brush...  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower,...  Go to full article

Workshops Help Small Businesses Survive Mega-Retailers

For small business owners, competing against Wal-Mart may sound impossible. But one North Country non-profit says there are strategies. Next week the ComLinks Women's...  Go to full article

APA Tests Wind In Park

A big crowd is expected in Ray Brook this morning, where the Adirondack Park Agency will take up a controversial plan to build a network of giant wind towers in Johnsburg. ...  Go to full article

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