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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 20, 2014 — The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.
Aug 20, 2014 — The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.
Aug 20, 2014 — When actor Tom Hiddleston and Lady Gaga take the Ice Bucket Challenge, it makes a big splash. But do stars really make a difference in fund-raising and public awareness when they endorse a charity?

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Bob Andrews and his furrowed fields in Fowler.
Bob Andrews and his furrowed fields in Fowler.

A Year on the Farm: Plowing in Between the Rocks

When you drive across the North Country at this time of year, you'll see some farm fields already green with shoots. Others are deep brown and ready for seeding. Some haven't changed since winter. Soils vary according to microregion. Some of the last fields to be tilled are near Gouverneur, where the clay soil is cool and wet. That's where farmer Bob Andrews lives. David Sommerstein hopped on his tractor for this month's edition of A Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

Walmart Begins Direct Marketing in Saranac Lake

For the first time, Wal-Mart is directly asking residents of the Saranac Lake area to support its plans to build a 121,000 square foot supercenter in the village. The appeal comes in the form of a mailing from the mega-retailer that's been received by some area residents in recent days. As Chris Knight reports, some people are disappointed and upset about Wal-Mart's tactics.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say More Budget Talks Needed

The legislature and some interest groups say the state budget is not done, even though Governor Pataki has declared the process over for the year. Legislative leaders and groups advocating for the environment and the poor are pushing for more negotiations. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Considers "Fair Share" Health Care Bill

The State Assembly held hearings on a bill to force large retailers and other employers to provide health insurance to their workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
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...  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...  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...  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

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