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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...
We’ve reported a lot in the last couple years about the threat that the coming digital conversion of films poses to small movie theaters in our region, and the many efforts that have been made to help local theaters make that transition. In...


Jul 29, 2014 — The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
Jul 29, 2014 — OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.
Jul 29, 2014 — A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker carrying $100 million in oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced.

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Sacandaga Beach Permits Reconsidered

The agency that operates many of the north country's dams and reservoirs is backing away from a plan to change shoreline access rules on Great Sacandaga Lake. The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District had proposed forcing some property owners to give up their beach access permits when they sell their homes. In the past, those permits transferred with the property. As Brian Mann reports, the move to change the permit rule angered some local people.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Debate Gas Price Relief

Hurricane Katrina is expected to push pump prices upward, possibly by another twenty cents a gallon, just in time for the Labor Day weekend. As Brian Mann reports, Assembly Republicans and Congressman John McHugh are also pushing for some short-term relief.  Go to full article

Rising Oil Prices Mean High Heating Costs

With energy costs rising substantially for a second year, and oil prices hitting new record highs, home heating bills are expected to soar. Heating oil prices in the North Country are already up 6% this month, to $2.34 a gallon. That's 80 cents higher than last September. Propane and natural gas prices are also skyrocketing.

The price of heating oil is of particular concern in the region, since the North Country uses a disproportionate share statewide of heating oil. In rural districts, far from gas pipelines, some families will bear the winter in old housing stock. At these prices, that spells trouble.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Delays Icy Navigation Vote

The St. Lawrence County legislature last night tabled a resolution to call on the St. Lawrence Seaway to open later. It was a carbon copy of a resolution passed in Jefferson...  Go to full article

Tri-Lakes Score Funding in Pataki Visit

As part of his visit to Tupper Lake on Friday, Governor Pataki announced Quality Communities grants totaling $264,000 for more than a half dozen North Country communities.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.

Pataki Delivers Aid for Ft. Drum Housing Crunch

Governor Pataki was in Watertown yesterday to deliver aid for the region's housing shortage. He announced $7 million in state grants to renovate old housing and build new...  Go to full article

IP Tire Burning Debated in Vermont

Vermont's Natural Resources agency will hold a public meeting tonight in Rutland to discuss plans to use old tires as fuel at the IP mill in Ticonderoga. International Paper...  Go to full article

Two Routes Proposed for Tupper Lake Power Line

Tupper Lake residents are closer to getting a badly needed power line. Two proposed routes for the line await approval by the Adirondack Park Agency.  Go to full article

Schumer Visits the Adirondacks

As part of a tour of the North Country on Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer traveled to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, the community leaders and...  Go to full article

Watertown Call Center to Hire 500 Workers

Three years after it opened, a Watertown call center is reaching and plans to exceed its original hiring goals. Stream New York says it will hire about 500 people to provide...  Go to full article

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