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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...


Aug 29, 2014 — Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.
Aug 29, 2014 — David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.
Aug 29, 2014 — The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.

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Pilots to Pataki: Veto Background Checks

The national Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is threatening to sue New York State over a new law that would mandate criminal background checks on new pilots before they start training. One Potsdam aviator says it could hurt small town airports most of all. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article
Finch, Pruyn in the early 1900s

Finch, Pruyn To Sell Glens Falls Mill

Officials at Finch, Pruyn & Company say they plan to sell their paper mill in Glens Falls. The plant has anchored the region's economy for over a century and employs roughly 850 workers. As Brian Mann reports, the company says there are no plans to shut down the plant.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Exits Mohawk Claim Deal

The St. Lawrence County legislature voted unanimously Monday to withdraw its support from the Mohawk land claim. It's the latest blow to the Akwesasne Mohawks' drive for compensation for lands New York took illegally in the 1700s. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Aerospace Plant Sparks Business Interest

Economic developers are nailing down the details of a deal announced last week that could bring hundreds of jobs to a new aircraft maintenance facility at the former...  Go to full article

Price of Natural Gas Falling

The price of natural gas spiked last fall after Hurricane Katrina knocked out production in the Gulf. But prices have come down substantially since then, and the amount of...  Go to full article

Alcoa Contract Reflects Global Pressures

Members of the United Steelworkers of America approved a new four-year contract with Alcoa late last week. The 11th-hour deal reached last month averted a strike at 15...  Go to full article
Oil escaping the containment boom around the NEPCO barge.

Slick of '76: The Social Impacts

30 years ago today, on a foggy morning, the NEPCO 140 barge hit a shoal in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay. The barge spewed 300,000 gallons of thick, gooey oil...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Fail to Finish End-of-Session Business

State lawmakers are getting mixed reviews on their reform efforts as the legislative session concludes in Albany. The legislature failed to wrap up end-of-session issues...  Go to full article

National BioFuel Expert Commends Growing North Country Industry

The 2006 Bioenergy Summit continues at Clarkson through Friday. On Thursday, scientists, farmers and financiers talked frankly about some of the challenges in building a...  Go to full article

Tupper Powerline Spurs Constitutional Change

Time is running out in Albany on a plan to amend New York's constitution to allow a new power line to follow Rt. 56 through the northern Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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