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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 27, 2014 — The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.
Aug 27, 2014 — General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.
Aug 27, 2014 — What is the typical American workday? We take a look at how working hours change according to job type.

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Confessions of a Mall Santa: It's Not Always Jolly

Walk into any shopping mall or large department store this week and you'll likely meet one seasonal employee who needs no introduction. Todd Moe explains.  Go to full article

Caught in the Heating Squeeze

Heating oil prices are 23 percent higher statewide than last winter. But the federal funds that help low-income people pay the bills have not increased. That could change today - Congress is considering a modest increase to the Heating Energy Assistance Program, as part of the end of year defense appropriations bill. But it's not clear how much would go to people in need. And that need is real. Gregory Warner joined an oil supplier in the Ausable Valley on his delivery route. He sent us this report.  Go to full article

Gas Dealer Denies Gouging

A St. Lawrence County gas station owner disputes charges that he gouged prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wayne Taillon owns Wayne's Gas and Service in Madrid. He's one of four North Country service stations charged by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Monday. He was originally fined $10,500. Taillon told David Sommerstein that on Friday, September 2nd, his unleaded price was $3.25 a gallon when he placed an order from Griffith Oil for the weekend.  Go to full article
Marsha and Jim Akins and their freshly cut Christmas spruce head home.

All Good Things?The End of an Era at a Canton Tree Farm

A Canton Christmas tree farm will hang up its saws for good after this year's holiday season. The Van De Water farm has been a perennial favorite for many families in the...  Go to full article

15 Retailers Fined for Sharp Rise in Gas Prices

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has imposed penalties on 15 gas stations across the state for unfair price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Defense Bill Targets Drum Housing Crunch

The $450 billion defense spending bill that passed the House of Representatives early Monday morning has some measures designed to help the housing crunch at Fort Drum. ...  Go to full article
Times-Union columnist Fred LeBrun (Source: Albany T-U)

Pataki Era's End Means Changes For Adks

Governor George Pataki won't be running for re-election next year. Over the next few months, we'll be looking at the end of the Pataki era, trying to gauge how this...  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake...  Go to full article

Farmland Increasing Worldwide

The amount of farmland is decreasing throughout the Great Lakes region. But scientists say the amount of agricultural land is increasing worldwide, bringing additional...  Go to full article

NYPA to Revisit Hydro Dam Deal?

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority and St. Lawrence County closed a deal that ended years of negotiations. It allows the Authority to run the giant hydropower dam...  Go to full article

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