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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 20, 2014 — The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.
Aug 20, 2014 — The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.
Aug 20, 2014 — When actor Tom Hiddleston and Lady Gaga take the Ice Bucket Challenge, it makes a big splash. But do stars really make a difference in fund-raising and public awareness when they endorse a charity?

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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 President Bush to do more on the federal level. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence County recently eased the burden slightly--they suspended all home heating fuel taxes for this winter. What more can people on the local level do to help themselves?

Last week a diverse group met in Canton to address that issue. Energy providers, church leaders and community advocates from St Lawrence County had a brainstorm session.  Go to full article

Bruno wants Lawmakers to Tackle Energy Crisis

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is trying to put pressure on Assembly Democrats to return to Albany to deal with the growing energy crisis. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Amber's Diary: First Job after High School

In the first installment of our Disability Matters series we heard the story of Amber Triese. She was moving into a group home in Potsdam. Amber is 22 years old. She graduated from high school last year. She's cognitively impaired and legally blind. In high school she interned with Building Blocks, a pre-school program in Potsdam. A few months ago, they hired her to work part-time as a teacher's aide. She recorded this on-the-job audio diary for us.  Go to full article

Wyeth Closure Will Cut 1200 Jobs in Clinton County

The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over...  Go to full article

Wyeth To Cut 1200 Jobs In Clinton County. Rouses Point Mayor Describes Decision As "Catastrophic"

One of the North Country's biggest private employers announced today that they're closing a manufacturing plant in Rouses Point, in northern Clinton County. Wyeth...  Go to full article

Disability Education Pushed by Feds, Paid for by Locals

According to a state report issued this week, twelve percent of the students in New York's public schools are enrolled in special education programs. Children living with...  Go to full article

Canada's Seaway Chief Steers Away From Expansion

The head of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada says expanding the waterway's locks and channels is off the table, at least for 20 years. He made the remarks at a maritime...  Go to full article

Clinton Invites Chertoff to See Border for Himself

Fresh off a meeting in the border town of Massena Monday, Senator Hillary Clinton invited Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to see for himself how close New York...  Go to full article

Gov. Wants Passport Exemption for NYers

Senator Clinton and Governor Pataki pushed separately yesterday against a proposal to require passports at border crossings with Canada. The governor says he'll try to...  Go to full article
Senator Hillary Clinton in Massena.

Clinton Supports Milk Subsidy, Opposes Passport Plan

Senator Hillary Clinton has paid a lot attention to the North Country in her first term in office. As she seeks re-election next year, that trend continues. The Democrat...  Go to full article

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