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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 17, 2014 — Postmates is among a group of app-powered services popping up around the U.S., with a simple promise: deliver food or merchandise in as little as an hour. But can they succeed where Kozmo.com didn't?
Apr 17, 2014 — In West Baltimore, it takes 17 minutes of work (the average hourly wage is $19.34), but in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, where wages are more than double that, it takes only 9 minutes.
Apr 17, 2014 — Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

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Environmental Group Opposes Tupper Resort

A pro-environment group has stepped up as the first major organization to oppose the Adirondack Club development in Tupper Lake. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says large-scale resort developments like the Big Tupper project could splinter private land that has long been used for logging and wildlife habitat. Environmental groups have also raised questions about proposed large-scale developments in Jay, Old Forge, and North Creek. The association's Dan Plumley spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Spitzer Criticizes Budget Reform Amendment

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is running for Governor, has been speaking out against a budget proposition on November's ballot that is being pushed by the state legislature. Spitzer says the amendment would take too much power away from the governor, and give it to the legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Farms Seek Help With Pollution Regs

A farm group is calling for more state and federal help to meet clean air and water standards. The New York Association of Conservation Districts drafted several resolutions asking for increased funds at its annual meeting Monday afternoon. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Sledders Set for Prized Connector Trail

A long-awaited snowmobile trail is getting North Country sledders excited for winter. The Alice Brook trail connects extensive networks in St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties. ...  Go to full article

State Expects Billion-dollar Budget Surplus by April

Governor Pataki reports that the numbers half way through the state's fiscal year show a budget surplus of $1 billion dollars, but the governor's budget director is warning...  Go to full article
Freighter ballast water discharge transports invasives.

Ten Threats: Hidden Costs of Invasives

We continue our ongoing series "Ten Threats to the Great Lakes." The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham takes a bottom-line look at number one on the list.  Go to full article

Potsdam Approves Walmart Supercenter

The Potsdam town planning board gave final approval for Walmart to build a Supercenter on Route 11. The vote Wednesday night was unanimous. The discount giant expects to...  Go to full article

Forecast for Municipal Energy Costs Not Good

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says a survey of local governments has found that energy costs will be going up for municipalities by $375 million dollars this winter....  Go to full article
Testing at the DEC's checkpoint.

Hunters Frustrated at Deer Disease Checkpoint

Rifle hunting season opened last weekend across the North Country. It's the first fall since chronic wasting disease - a fatal deer illness - was discovered in 7 deer in...  Go to full article

North Country Residents Pan Border Passport Plan

About 20 people spoke out yesterday in Watertown against a plan to require passports at Canadian border crossings. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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