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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 17, 2014 — Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.
Apr 17, 2014 — Farmer Delbert Bland has begun shipping the first truckloads of his harvest to supermarkets. The state's agriculture commissioner says Vidalia onions aren't supposed to go out until next week.
Apr 17, 2014 — Many banks report earnings this week. Bank of America turned in a loss after taking a big charge for legal expenses. Citigroup will lay off about 300 stock and bond traders in an effort to cut costs.

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Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)

APA Senior Staff: No Opinion on Pilot Knob Cell Tower

Senior staff at the Adirondack Park Agency have once again overruled their field staff's recommendation on a controversial project. A report issued Wednesday by the APA offered no opinion on the future of a cell tower proposed for Pilot Knob on Lake George. In May, one of the APA's senior attorneys issued a preliminary report condemning the project. As Brian Mann reports, the change angered pro-environment groups.  Go to full article
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Tourist Season Gears Up in Alexandria Bay

When school lets out and it gets steamy hot, the North Country's summer tourism really kicks in. One of the busiest spots is Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands. Thousands of people come to see historic Boldt Castle, hop on a boat tour of the St. Lawrence, and cruise the strip. Downtown Alexandria Bay is a carnival of restaurants, bars, and gift shops. Retro neon signs beckon patrons inside. David Sommerstein went to take it all in last week.  Go to full article
Karen Lago on Cobb Shoal, where cattails dominate due to less water fluctuation.

People Plan for Future of Mighty River

The U.S. and Canadian governments are revisiting how they control water in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for the first time since the 1950s. The International Joint Commission has spent five years and $25 million studying how different water levels at different times of the year affect everything from wetlands and beaches to shoreline docks and Seaway ships. The IJC is shopping around three new water level plans at public meetings around the region. As David Sommerstein reports, most people in the North Country favor one of them, but their voices may be drowned out by larger population centers elsewhere.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Agree on Hydropower Allocation

North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an...  Go to full article

Finch, Pruyn Lays Off 30 Salaried Workers

A paper mill in Glens Falls has laid off more than ten percent of its salaried employees. Administrative workers and foremen at Finch, Pruyn and Co. will be idle for at...  Go to full article

Rural America Draws More National Attention

Rural America has been getting more attention in the national media lately. Big news organizations like NPR and the New York Times say they're expanding coverage of America's...  Go to full article

Congress Proposes Severe Cuts for Public Broadcasting

Martha Foley talks with NCPR's general Manager, Ellen Rocco, about the latest news regarding 45% cuts to public radio and TV proposed in a U.S. House committee.  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adks. Face Resort Housing Crisis

This week we're focusing attention on the vacation home boom in the Adirondacks. At an affordable housing conference over the winter in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard...  Go to full article

Study: Middle Income Housing Costs in ADKs Nearly Double

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism surveyed hundreds of employers and employees throughout the Tri-Lakes. The study found hundreds of families dissatisfied...  Go to full article

Alcoa Offers Jobs, Investment for Power

Alcoa made its first concrete sign that it wants to stay in Massena for the next generation of aluminum production. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Alcoa offered the...  Go to full article

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