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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 — Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.
Apr 19, 2014 — The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
Apr 18, 2014 — Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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Tri-Lakes Nursing Homes to be Purchased by Local Hospital

The Adirondack Medical Center has decided to buy the only two nursing homes in the Tri-Lakes area. Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake and Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid have been losing money for years, due in part to declining Medicaid reimbursement rates for their patients. The buyout means both will stay open. As Chris Knight reports, the deal has seen strong support from the community.  Go to full article

Groups Call for More Government Aid to Help Stop Hunger

The state's food pantries and soup kitchens want Governor Pataki and the legislature to commit more money to help poor New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Senior Happy at Mercy Healthcare

The Adirondack Medical Center's buy-out of Uehlein and Mercy Healthcare means both nursing homes will stay open. Dozens of elderly residents won't be forced to relocate. Gregory Warner spoke with 91-year-old Rita Chaisson, who's lived at Mercy Healthcare in Tupper Lake for 6 years.  Go to full article

McHugh/Sweeney Vote Against House Republican Budget Plan

Last week, House Republicans salvaged a 50 billion-dollar spending-cut plan by a vote of 217 to 215, with Democrats solidly opposed. The measure would make modest but...  Go to full article

GM Massena Spared in Cuts

The General Motors plant in Massena won't be affected by the company's plans to slash 30,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said this morning...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: To Live, and Die, in Tupper Lake

The Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake has decided to buy two nursing homes in the Adirondacks. Uihlein Mercy on Lake Placid and Mercy Healthcare in Tupper Lake had...  Go to full article

Ottawa Adresses Urban-Rural Divide

When Ottawa was re-drawn to incorporate neighboring townships in 2001, the city that emerged was equivalent in size to all of New York's Clinton County. Roughly 90 percent of...  Go to full article

Walmart Foes Sue Potsdam Over Supercenter

Potsdam town officials say they're not surprised by a lawsuit against a planned Walmart Supercenter on Route 11. Opponents of the project sued the company and the town in...  Go to full article

Special Report: A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In this half-hour documentary first recorded in April 2002, Brian Mann takes us to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for an in-depth look at a place where the...  Go to full article

Company Says Koch Buy-Out Won't Affect Plattsburgh Mill

Koch Industries doesn't plan immediate changes at the Georgia Pacific Mill in Plattsburgh. The private company's buy-out of Georgia Pacific was announced earlier this week. ...  Go to full article

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