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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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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 with the cost and availability of middle income homes. CAST director Ernest Hohmeyer spoke with Brian Mann.  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 New York Power Authority a jobs-for-power deal at a meeting last week in New York City. Under the proposal, Alcoa would guarantee 500 to 700 high-wage union jobs in exchange for 30 to 50 years of cheap hydroelectric power. Alcoa currently employs almost 1300 workers at its two plants in Massena. The company would also invest up to $450 million to modernize what is the oldest continuously operating smelter in the world. David Sommerstein spoke with Ernie LaBaff about the proposed contract. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union and a former Alcoa worker. LaBaff says the offer is a good starting point.  Go to full article

Another Lake Placid Hotel Goes Upscale

One of Lake Placid's leading hotel owners says his company will add 40 luxury guest suites and rebuild the faade of the Lake Placid Holiday Inn. The project is expected to cost as much as $6 million. As Chris Knight reports, the move is part of a major push in Lake Placid to appeal to upscale visitors.  Go to full article

Booming Market Drives Up Property Taxes

The rapid growth of the second home and vacation real estate market in the Adirondacks has driven up home values dramatically. That's great news for locals who want to sell...  Go to full article

Pataki Re-Submits Mohawk Land Claim Bill

Governor George Pataki is re-introducing a bill in the state legislature that would settle the Akwesasne Mohawks' 23-year-old land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin...  Go to full article

Wineries Lobby for Out-of-State Sales

Owners of wineries from across the state came to the Capitol yesterday to lobby for a law to let them ship wine directly to consumers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The South African team dissects boilies on the St. Lawrence.

World's Anglers Try to Reel in Million Dollar Carp

British carp fishermen Tim Paisley and Steve Briggs are lapping the competition at the World Carp Championship on the St. Lawrence River. They've hauled in more than 1000...  Go to full article

Board Votes Down Olympic Stadium

A three person board controlled by Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders has rejected a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets on Manhattan's West Side. ...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Ready for World Carp Event

Communities along the St. Lawrence River are preparing to host what organizers call "the Olympics of carp fishing". More than 120 teams from all over the world will compete....  Go to full article
Chuck Wright's Recycled Computer Clocks

Disability Matters: An Online Love Story

All this year we're reporting on people with disabilities in our series, Disability Matters. For so many of the people we've met, their computer has had a transforming affect...  Go to full article

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