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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 21, 2014 — With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? Robert Siegel asks Alan Blinder of Princeton University.
Aug 21, 2014 — In the latest fallout from misdeeds leading up to the financial crisis, Bank of America has agreed to a record $16.65 billion deal with federal and state governments. The deal helps the bank avoid prosecution for the fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors.
Aug 21, 2014 — It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Sledders Set for Prized Connector Trail

A long-awaited snowmobile trail is getting North Country sledders excited for winter. The Alice Brook trail connects extensive networks in St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, supporters hope it will draw more winter tourism to southern St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

State Expects Billion-dollar Budget Surplus by April

Governor Pataki reports that the numbers half way through the state's fiscal year show a budget surplus of $1 billion dollars, but the governor's budget director is warning against any urges to start spending the money. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Freighter ballast water discharge transports invasives.

Ten Threats: Hidden Costs of Invasives

We continue our ongoing series "Ten Threats to the Great Lakes." The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham takes a bottom-line look at number one on the list.  Go to full article

Potsdam Approves Walmart Supercenter

The Potsdam town planning board gave final approval for Walmart to build a Supercenter on Route 11. The vote Wednesday night was unanimous. The discount giant expects to...  Go to full article

Forecast for Municipal Energy Costs Not Good

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says a survey of local governments has found that energy costs will be going up for municipalities by $375 million dollars this winter....  Go to full article
Testing at the DEC's checkpoint.

Hunters Frustrated at Deer Disease Checkpoint

Rifle hunting season opened last weekend across the North Country. It's the first fall since chronic wasting disease - a fatal deer illness - was discovered in 7 deer in...  Go to full article

North Country Residents Pan Border Passport Plan

About 20 people spoke out yesterday in Watertown against a plan to require passports at Canadian border crossings. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

State Approves St. Lawrence County Fuel Tax Suspension

St. Lawrence County residents won't have to pay full sales tax on heating fuel this winter. The state agreed to let the county suspend its 3% share beginning December 1st. ...  Go to full article

McHugh: Alternatives to Passport-Only Border Crossing Needed

Congressman John McHugh says Homeland Security officials still don't fully grasp the binational nature of the US-Canada border in the North Country. But he says hearings in...  Go to full article

St Lawrence County Brainstorms Home Heating Solutions

Heating prices will hit record highs this year. New York State legislators are wondering what to do about the problem. Hillary Clinton and other Senators are calling on...  Go to full article

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