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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 19, 2014 — General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
Apr 19, 2014 — Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.
Apr 19, 2014 — Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.

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Walmart Sentiment on the Rise in Potsdam

Supporters and critics of the world's biggest retailer are gearing up for a public forum tomorrow night in Potsdam. The Daily Courier-Observer newspaper and Clarkson University's cable TV station will host a discussion of Walmart's plans to build a Supercenter on Route 11. The forum will start at 7 at Clarkson's Snell Hall downtown. Meanwhile, pro- and anti- Walmart groups are taking markedly different approaches to swaying the opinions of the public and local officials. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

High Speed Fiberoptic Network Fires Up

A new publicly-financed, high speed telecommunications network in the North Country will be up and running later this month. The $18.5 million fiberoptic line is 5 years in the making and will link 8 towns in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Operators say service providers are already lining up to use the network. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Arts Advocates Get Creative About Funding

Martha Foley talks with Hilary Oak about funding the arts in new and sustainable ways. Oak manages the Creative Spirit Art Center in Potsdam and has been instrumental in re-energizing the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.  Go to full article

Organic Farmers Stretch to Meet Demand

Organic foods are becoming more and more popular - so popular many farmers are finding it's hard to keep up with demand. In the give and take of market-driven economics,...  Go to full article

Mohawks, State Reach Tentative Land Claims Deal

The three tribal councils that govern the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena yesterday announced a proposed settlement with New York State to end the 22 year-old...  Go to full article

Lewis County Wind Farm Gets Go-Ahead

Construction of one of the largest wind farms in the East is expected to begin on the Tug Hill Plateau next spring. The project had been delayed for several years because a...  Go to full article
A Mohawk anti-tax billboard on Rt.37

Mohawks Threaten Toll Booths to Offset Tax

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe says it may charge a toll for drivers and Seaway ships to cross its territory. The move would be in retaliation for the federal government...  Go to full article

GM Announces Temporary Layoffs in Massena

General Motors Powertrain has announced it will lay off 450 workers at its plant in Massena for two weeks.  Go to full article

State Agencies To Push For Convention Business

Before arriving in Lake Placid yesterday, Governor George Pataki promised a major announcement on tourism development. His new proposal is a directive that urges state...  Go to full article

Potsdam Prepares for Walmart Showdown

Plans for new or expanded Walmart stores are humming along in several parts of the North Country - in Massena, in Lowville, in Watertown, and outside Fort Drum - with little...  Go to full article

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