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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 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.
Apr 15, 2014 — Local and federal authorities worry over a rise in North Dakota's drug trade. Sharon Cohen of the Associated Press explains the proposed solutions to the issue, which some tie to the recent oil boom.
Apr 15, 2014 — In Alabama, Stephen Black is trying to get college graduates to stay in the state and make life better for Alabamans. His inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.

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Senator Hillary Clinton in Massena.
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 touched on two top regional issues in a swing through the region yesterday. In Lowville and Watertown, the Democrat called on Congress to renew the federal milk subsidy program. The Milk Income Loss Contract has brought farmers in New York, Vermont and other states millions of dollars over the last three years. Clinton called the program "an important safety net" for New York dairy farmers. In Massena, Clinton addressed some 200 people at an event organized by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Clinton lashed out at a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to require passports at the border with Canada. David Sommerstein has this report.  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 village of Canton. Two more villages may go wireless by year's end. David Sommerstein reports.  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

County Votes to Drop Heating Fuel Sales Tax

With record fuel prices expected this winter, the St. Lawrence County Finance Committee voted unanimously to suspend all county taxes on heating fuels starting December 1. ...  Go to full article

Clinton to Bring Passport Concerns North

Senator Hillary Clinton will visit Massena next week. The first-term Democrat is seeking re-election next year. She's expected to draw attention to a proposal that could...  Go to full article

NYPA Acquarium Fund Shifted

Ten million dollars from the New York Power Authority that was to have gone to a failed effort to build an aquarium and ecological center on the St. Lawrence River will now...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence River near Waddington before it was dammed.

Shoe Drops on River Lands

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority got a new 50-year license to operate the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River. One condition of the license renewal was that...  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute Campus<br />(Source:  Trudeau Inst.)

Trudeau Institute Plans Expansion

The National Institutes of Health has awarded 3.4 million dollars to the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. The grant will match a New York state grant. In a statement,...  Go to full article

Ironworkers to Picket SLU Job

Some North Country ironworkers plan to picket during family weekend at St. Lawrence University. The local union says work to erect the steel skeleton of the new science...  Go to full article

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