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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 16, 2014 — In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.
Apr 16, 2014 — A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.
Apr 15, 2014 — Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — shifting money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.

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Wyeth Closure Will Cut 1200 Jobs in Clinton County

The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over the next three years. Officials in Clinton County say the plant closure removes one of the North Country's economic engines. As Brian Mann reports, the decision followed a sharp decline in the sales of premarin, a hormone therapy drug manufactured in Rousses Point.  Go to full article

Wyeth To Cut 1200 Jobs In Clinton County. Rouses Point Mayor Describes Decision As "Catastrophic"

One of the North Country's biggest private employers announced today that they're closing a manufacturing plant in Rouses Point, in northern Clinton County. Wyeth pharmaceuticals will cut roughly 1,200 jobs over the next three years. Brian Mann discussed the development with Ellen Rocco.

Correction: The job loss for Clinton County will be 5% of privat esector employment, not 1 in 5 jobs. Brian Mann misspoke during this live interview.  Go to full article

Disability Education Pushed by Feds, Paid for by Locals

According to a state report issued this week, twelve percent of the students in New York's public schools are enrolled in special education programs. Children living with disabilities are expensive to educate. Their services often cost twice or even three times as much as a child in general education programs. Advocates here in the North Country say the pay-offs are worth it. Many children who might have been unproductive and unemployed are now learning important life and job skills. Some are able to go on to college. But even supporters of disability education programs agree that Federal support for local school districts is lagging behind. A new set of Federal mandates is set to go into effect this year. As Brian Mann reports, local taxpayers are likely to pick up the tab.  Go to full article

Canada's Seaway Chief Steers Away From Expansion

The head of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada says expanding the waterway's locks and channels is off the table, at least for 20 years. He made the remarks at a maritime...  Go to full article

Clinton Invites Chertoff to See Border for Himself

Fresh off a meeting in the border town of Massena Monday, Senator Hillary Clinton invited Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to see for himself how close New York...  Go to full article

Gov. Wants Passport Exemption for NYers

Senator Clinton and Governor Pataki pushed separately yesterday against a proposal to require passports at border crossings with Canada. The governor says he'll try to...  Go to full article
Senator Hillary Clinton in Massena.

Clinton Supports Milk Subsidy, Opposes Passport Plan

Senator Hillary Clinton has paid a lot attention to the North Country in her first term in office. As she seeks re-election next year, that trend continues. The Democrat...  Go to full article

Pataki, Local Officials React to Lake Placid Company's Closing

Upstate Biotech of Lake Placid announced last week that it'll be shutting down in March, eliminating 120 jobs. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
DANC's fiberoptics network

Wi-Fi in the Air in SLC

A publicly-funded fiberoptics network in St. Lawrence County is starting to yield results for people who want to use the Internet. Wireless access is available in the...  Go to full article

"Leaf Peepers" Keep an Eye on Fall Colors

The North Country's colorful fall foliage continues its somewhat slower progression this season. A warm spell this month has resulted in a slower than usual change in the...  Go to full article

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