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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 18, 2014 — Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists — hotel tax free. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.
Apr 18, 2014 — Professor and economist Matthew Gentzkow, the recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, discusses how to predict media slant and use big data in economics.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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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 homes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Congress Restores Community Development Grants

The House of Representatives restored a major source of federal funding for downtown development and housing assistance in the North Country. President Bush had proposed significant cuts to Community Development Block Grants, known as CDBG. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article
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. ...  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...  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

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