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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 16, 2014 — The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
Apr 16, 2014 — Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.
Apr 16, 2014 — Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.

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Drum Boosters Braced for Base Closure Process

This year the U.S. military will conduct its first base closure process since the Griffis and Plattsburgh Air Bases were closed in 1995. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said the military needs to trim its infrastructure by as much as 20%. Many lawmakers agree small- and medium-sized posts are most vulnerable. But as David Sommerstein reports, supporters of Fort Drum near Watertown are taking no chances.  Go to full article

Senate Leader Urges Quick Budget Action

The leader of the State Senate is warning that there will be another record late state budget if the legislature and the Governor don't agree to reforms soon. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
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New York Racing Authority, ORDA Face Audits

Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan Hevesi slammed the New York Racing Association for wasting more than a million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the comptroller's office has also begun an audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.  Go to full article
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Tupper Lake: New Resort Development Will Close Historic Hunting Club

A historic sportsmen's club in Tupper Lake is expected to lose access to more than two thousand acres of forest land. Local members have been hunting and fishing on the land...  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor Floats Regular Tuition Hike

The head of the State University of New York system yesterday proposed a new levying of tuition increases. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Potsdam Board Examines Revised Walmart Plan

The Potsdam Town Planning Board last night took up the nitty-gritty of a revised plan to build a massive Walmart Supercenter on the outskirts of town. Board members had some...  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will...  Go to full article

Biodiesel Plant Shapes Up Slowly

Plans to build a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County are taking longer than expected. Canton College officials want to double the capacity of the factory. But they're...  Go to full article

Big Tupper Developer Was Indicted 11 Years Ago For S&L Fraud

Pennsylvania developer and attorney Michael Foxman has unveiled a massive plan to redevelop the Bigger Tupper ski area in Tupper Lake. The proposal includes more than 800...  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Trudges Onward

The idea of a "rooftop highway," a four-lane divided road to connect Watertown and Plattsburgh, has become almost mythical in North Country lore. The concept has floated...  Go to full article

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