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The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that New York state is recognizing Warren County for having a system to keep county jail inmates from collecting unemployment benefits. The state comptroller’s office found last year that in five counties...
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...


Apr 24, 2014 — The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.
Apr 24, 2014 — As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive.
Apr 24, 2014 — SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes. Inside those insoles are "vibrotactile ticklers" linked to your mobile device. Enter a destination and the ticklers guide your way.

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Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are abandoning a gaming project at Kutcher's resort in favor of another one they had left behind five years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Developers Close Big Tupper Sale

Pennsylvania-based investors have closed the deal on the centerpiece of a proposed resort in Tupper Lake, the former Big Tupper Ski Area. Preserve Associates and Big Tupper LLC are behind the Adirondack Club and Resort, a proposed development that would re-open the ski Area and build 700 new homes over 6400 acres. The developers, led by Michael Foxman, paid about $1.3 million for the Ski Area. According to the Associated Press, they paid another $4 million for the surrounding timber land. As Chris Knight reports, the deal comes two weeks before the resort's application is due at the Adirondack Park Agency, and prior to an election that could change the political leadership in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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