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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 2, 2014 — Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.
Sep 2, 2014 — Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.
Sep 2, 2014 — It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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With 7 Papers, Denton Covers the North Country

Yesterday, we reported that Denton Publications, based in Elizabethtown, has purchased the North Creek News-Enterprise, an 80-year old newspaper in the town of Johnsburgh. Denton Publications has become a major force in the north country newspaper business. The chain employs more than seventy people. Denton's seven newspapers stretch from southern St. Lawrence County all the way to the Vermont chore of the Champlain Valley. Dan Alexander is president and publisher of Denton Publications. He told Brian Mann that his chain serves different needs in different communities.  Go to full article

North Creek Newspaper Sold, Saved From Closing

The North Creek News-Enterprise has been sold to Denton Publications, a regional newspaper chain based in North Creek. The dollar amount of the sale hasn't been disclosed. Brian Mann spoke with publisher Tom Henecker, who has run the paper for more than six years, along with his wife, Katie O'Dell. Henecker says the sale last week saved the News-Enterprise from shutting down.

Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, we'll talk with Dan Alexander, head of Denton Publications in Elizabethtown. His seven newspapers reach from St. Lawrence County all the way to Vermont.  Go to full article

Volunteers Give Their Break to Katrina Victims

It may be spring break, but it's not the beach, for some local volunteers spending the week in Mississippi. The group organized by Adirondack habitat for Humanity arrived in Pearlington, Mississippi Sunday. They're working with a group called "One-House-at-a-Time" that builds houses for Hurricane Katrina victims - for free. Pearlington is a little town that was pretty much flattened by Katrina - of its 800 homes, only three were livable right after the storm. But they're gaining. Chandler Ralph is CEO of Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. She's one of the volunteers in Pearlington now. She talked with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
3rd graders at Ohio Street Elementary School in Watertown finish painting clay bowls, and practice reciting an anti-hunger poem.

Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Some 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief. The schools are participating...  Go to full article

Dairy Farmers Seek Guest Workers Program

Massive protests in California are providing a dramatic backdrop for the debate in Washington over America's immigration policy. The issue can seem distant in the North...  Go to full article
National Grid reviewed for February outage

Outage Prompts Review of National Grid

Last month, a powerful windstorm plowed through New York state, knocking out electricity to more than 300,000 homes and businesses. National Grid customers in the Champlain...  Go to full article

Utility Promises Upgrade

The Public Service Commission has ordered National Grid to submit a full report on last month's windstorm. The report is due on April 24th, but company officials are already...  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Picket Over Contract

Alcoa workers held an informational picket Monday outside the aluminum plants in Massena. Union officials say Alcoa's proposed new contract cuts health care and pension...  Go to full article

Alcoa Future Uncertain in Massena

The labor unrest comes as Alcoa's future in Massena remains unclear. Alcoa's talks with the New York Power Authority over a new power contract have stalled. The aluminum...  Go to full article
Shari Wolfe and her daughter Rebecca Hanni, inside The Pantry.

Heard up North: Big Fish Eats Small Fish in Theresa

Rebecca Hanni and her mom Shari Wolfe run "The Pantry", a small grocery store in Theresa. They've got all the basics. Milk, bread... even fresh produce. But these days...  Go to full article

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