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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 28, 2014 — For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.
Aug 28, 2014 — Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.
Aug 28, 2014 — The FBI says it is working with the Secret Service to investigate the alleged swiping of account data, which it's thought might be in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Moscow.

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Assembly Considers Sales Tax Break on Clothing

The New York State Assembly, in its new budget, wants to reinstate a sales tax break on some clothing sold in the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

APA Approves Powerline; Landowner Threatens Lawsuit

The Adirondack Park Agency approved plans yesterday for a new 26-mile power line that would stretch from St. Lawrence County to Tupper Lake. The New York Power Authority hopes to ease a power shortage in the Tri-Lakes and cut the number of outages plaguing the village of Tupper Lake. Local people praised the APA decision, which they say will improve safety and spur economic development. But environmental groups say a six-mile section of the line near Sevey's Corners in southern St. Lawrence County will damage sensitive forests and bogs. As Brian Mann reports, one landowner affected by the power line is now threatening to tie the project up in the courts  Go to full article

Ellenburg Clears Air With Wind Meeting

The town of Ellenburg in Clinton County is hosting an informal meeting Friday on wind farms. Two developers want to erect a total of 74 turbines there. As David Sommerstein reports, local leaders want to get out accurate information.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Candidates Debate Walmart

Candidates for Saranac Lake Mayor and Village Board went head to head last night in a well-attended debate-style forum at the Saranac Lake High School. They discussed a...  Go to full article
A full house at the press conference

Investors Unveil Racetrack Plans

Investors unveiled plans for a $108 million professional racetrack in St. Lawrence County yesterday. They said the project was in its preliminary stages. As David...  Go to full article
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. ...  Go to full article

Students Press to Change TAP

College students and Veterans groups joined together to ask for changes in New York's tuition aid program to assist students with a lowered family income because a parent is...  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come...  Go to full article

Bill Would Allow Financial Aid Flexibility for Students in Transition

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has introduced a bill they say would help students whose family incomes change radically in mid-year to make changes to...  Go to full article

Pro-Walmart Efforts Draw Questions

The divisive battle over a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in Saranac Lake came to the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week. A resolution to support the project was...  Go to full article

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