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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 21, 2014 — The bank agreed to pay a record amount to the U.S. government to avoid prosecution for its fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors in the lead-up to the financial crisis.
Aug 21, 2014 — The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.
Aug 21, 2014 — Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

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For North Country Bosnians, Immigration Debate Sparks Anger

The last few weeks, Hispanic groups have organized massive demonstrations in America's cities. They hope to block Republican-sponsored legislation aimed at slowing illegal immigration. Here in the North Country, the debate over immigration can seem distant or even irrelevant. Only about 4 percent of this region's population is foreign-born. That compares with more than 20 percent statewide in New York. But for a growing number of families from Bosnia, immigration laws play a central role in daily life. As Brian Mann reports, they share many of the hopes and the fears of immigrants from Mexico.  Go to full article

Town of Horicon Loses ATV Fight

ATV riders suffered another setback this week in the Adirondacks. A state supreme court judge ruled Tuesday that the Warren County town of Horicon can't allow 4-wheeler traffic on roads that pass through the forest preserve. The town had been sued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Energy Fair Looks at the Big Picture

If you're concerned about high gas prices you may be interested in interested in alternative fuels.Or maybe you'd like your home to be more energy efficient. You'd like to use solar, wind or micro-hydro energy, or build "green". There is a long list of alternative ways to produce or save energy, and most of that list can be found somewhere on the agenda for the Eleventh Annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair at Canton College today and tomorrow. A panel on biodiesel kicks off the fair tonight at canton College. Martha Foley talked with Ann Heidenreich, of Community Energy Services, one of the organizers.  Go to full article
The newly groomed and cleaned slope of Willow Island.

Grasse River Island Clean, But Way Over Budget

A Canton not-for-profit group is $40,000 in the hole after a clean-up of Grasse River waterfront went way over budget. Removing contaminated sediment from Willow Island cost...  Go to full article

Land Values on the Rise in LeRay

Commercial development around Fort Drum is causing a huge hike in property assessments in the surrounding area. And this means higher taxes. In the town of LeRay, some...  Go to full article

Albany Deadlocked on Gas Tax Relief

As gas prices remain above 3 dollars a gallon across most of the North Country, lawmakers in Albany want to give drivers some relief. They've targeted the 4% state tax on...  Go to full article

Immigration Boycott Shuts Down State Assembly

The New York State Assembly had to close down for the day, after a number of Assemblymembers joined a boycott led by Hispanic legislators, in solidarity with the day of...  Go to full article

Fire Destroys Lake George Businesses

A six-alarm fire consumed five businesses along the main street in the Adirondack tourist village of Lake George Saturday. Police say nobody was hurt in the blaze, which...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Career Day

1500 high school students from around St Lawrence County came to Cheel Arena in Potsdam on Wednesday for the 12th Annual "Gateways to Careers" event. 88 employers were...  Go to full article

Clayton Prepares Wind Farm Moratorium

Clayton, in the Thousand Islands portion of the St. Lawrence River, is the latest North Country town to consider a moratorium on industrial scale wind turbines. A developer...  Go to full article

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