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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 30, 2014 — A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
Jul 30, 2014 — Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.
Jul 30, 2014 — In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

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Walmart Wades Through Wetlands Concerns

Plans for a 188,000 sq. ft. Walmart Supercenter have hit a couple bumps in the road. The town of Potsdam Planning Board postponed a vote on the project Tuesday night. Chairman Harold Demick said he hadn't received the results of drilled well tests on the 47-acre site. The information is needed to see if Walmart's planned water system would affect groundwater supplies. Also, a federal agency has recommended that the project not be granted a permit. As David Sommerstein reports, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Walmart isn't doing enough to protect area wetlands.  Go to full article

Montreal Won't Bid for 2016 Olympic Games

Montreal's mayor is backing away from a suggestion that his city should host the 2016 Olympic Games. Gerald Tremblay raised the idea on Sunday. But he now says the city should focus on rebuilding its public infrastructure. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Co. Mulls Sales Tax Hike for Jail

A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Niche Markets Work for NY Farms

New York farmers got some positive news. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in Buffalo released a report saying that so-called 'value-added' products have given a boon to...  Go to full article

NiMo Wants Rate Hike

Niagara Mohawk is asking state permission for a two-stage rate increase.  Go to full article

Potsdam Closer to Walmart Decision

The deep discount giant Walmart is in a full court press to boost its presence in the North Country. Construction is underway on Supercenters in Leray and Lowville. This...  Go to full article

McHugh Breaks With GOP on Close CAFTA Vote

President Bush is hailing the House's narrow approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. North Country Republican Congressman John McHugh cited regional impacts...  Go to full article
Two sides of Clifton-Fine: The new beach pavillion in Cranberry Lake...

Clifton-Fine Fights for a Future, While a Mill Remains Shuttered

The shuttered Appleton Paper Mill in Newton Falls was on a list of regional impacts Congressman McHugh cited in his vote against CAFTA. Closure of the mill in 2000 only made...  Go to full article

River Groups Hope Water Level Plan Isn't Status Quo

A binational agency is holding its final public meetings this week over new plans to control water levels on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. It's the first time the...  Go to full article

Tops Supermarket Chain Selling Some of its Stores

Tops Markets announced on Monday that it's putting 31 of its supermarkets in the Adirondacks and Eastern New York up for sale.  Go to full article

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