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The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that New York state is recognizing Warren County for having a system to keep county jail inmates from collecting unemployment benefits. The state comptroller’s office found last year that in five counties...
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...


Apr 23, 2014 — San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.
Apr 23, 2014 — Next month in Japan, Haagen-Dazs will debut vegetable-flavored ice cream. Each carton will contain about half the fat content of regular Haagen-Dazs.
Apr 23, 2014 — Broadcasters say the TV streaming company is violating copyright laws. The ruling will influence the future of television, and also affect technologies such as cloud computing.

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Hangin' on the Strip in A-Bay

The streets are full of tourists in downtown Alexandria Bay, in stark contrast to dark, quiet days of winter. David Sommerstein got the year-round perspective from a group of local high schoolers checking out the scene in front of Jreck's subs.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Homeowners Respond to Rising Taxes

It's a complaint that's been heard repeatedly from individual residents across the North Country--people are afraid of losing their homes because they can't afford to pay skyrocketing property taxes. As Chris Knight reports, many of these same people are now taking a more constructive approach to the problem by organizing into "concerned taxpayer" groups.  Go to full article

Villages Go Wi-Fi in St. Lawrence County

Several villages in the North Country are trying to go wireless. Canton, Gouverneur, and Heuvelton are among the communities that want to use a public fiberoptic line to install wi-fi hotspots. They would allow residents and businesses to get broadband internet access without using phone or cable lines. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

For North Country Non-profits, a Challenge to Spend Donations Wisely

Across North Country, thousands of people work for non-profit corporations. These non-governmental organizations provide a wide range of services from the arts to health...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Company Announces Layoffs

Half the workforce is being eliminated from one of Lake Placid's largest employers. Serologicals Corporation, the parent company of Upstate USA, will be cutting 23 positions...  Go to full article

Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country....  Go to full article

North Country Micro-Enterprise Initiative Presented in South Africa

A small business initiative in St Lawrence County was a finalist in a world chamber of commerce competition. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, known locally as the...  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment...  Go to full article
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.

Grasse Islands Restoration Moves Ahead in Canton

An effort to revitalize Canton's waterfront got a boost from a state grant yesterday. State Senator Jim Wright announced a $100,000 to help a local group improve the...  Go to full article

Panel to Close Hospitals, Nursing Homes

A new state panel will meet next week to cut costs in New York's health care system. The 18-member commission is expected to recommend closing some hospitals and nursing...  Go to full article

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