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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...


Sep 1, 2014 — On Monday, Deborah Rutter begins her job as president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She says it never occurred to her that she would be the first woman in the job.
Sep 1, 2014 — For the 19th consecutive season, the country's second-largest sports and media market will be relegated to watching. It's been nearly two decades since LA had an NFL team, but that may be changing.
Sep 1, 2014 — Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects.

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Saranac Lake Halts Walmart Rezoning

Wal-Mart's plans to build a supercenter in Saranac Lake were dealt a major setback Monday night when a narrow majority of the village board halted the rezoning of a parcel of village-owned land sought by the mega retailer. As Chris Knight reports, Wal-Mart representatives say they're evaluating their options.  Go to full article

McHugh Wants Delay in New Border ID Cards

North Country Congressman John McHugh wants to delay a plan to require passports or similar documents at the Canadian border by 2008. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Reporter Gregory Warner mans the controls of a Cessna 172.

Aviator Finds Niche Teaching North Country Pilots

Darren Mesibov started his flight instructor school at the Potsdam airport with nothing but a single-engine plane. He didn't even have an office - he'd meet students on the ramp leading up to the runway. He was just trying to build up enough hours to get his commercial pilot's license. But then he took out a classified ad, in the Pennysaver. And suddenly his fortunes changed. Gregory Warner tells the story.

(If you're interested in an intro flight, you can call Potsdam Aviation at (315) 262-0326. Or if you prefer to sit in the passenger seat, you can stop by the Potsdam airport any Friday evening. There's a barbeque from 6 pm till dark. And you might convince one of the pilots to take you for a ride.)  Go to full article

Alcoa, Union Pull Back From Strike

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement late last night on a four-year contract. The pact avoids a strike by 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including...  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Fear Worst as Deadline Looms

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers of America are locked in last-minute talks in St. Louis over a new contract. The current contract covers 9,000 workers at 15 plants,...  Go to full article

Farm Bureau Warns of Immigration Raids

The New York Farm Bureau is cautioning farmers to watch out for immigration officials. An e-mail alert reports of roadblocks and farm raids as federal agents step up their...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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...  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

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