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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 — The bank agreed to pay a record amount to the U.S. government to avoid prosecution for its fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors in the lead-up to the financial crisis.
Aug 21, 2014 — The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.
Aug 21, 2014 — Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

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NY Senate Considers Fuel Price Relief

The New York State Senate returned to the capitol for a one-day session to deal with the growing energy crisis. Without the return of the Assembly, though, any bills passed will not become law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Families Face Heating Oil Pinch

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says the big concern for families in the North Country is pay for heating fuel. She says the higher energy costs could have a trickle-down effect on the region's broader economy. Senator Little spoke from the Senate floor yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Will Katrina Ease Lumber Trade War?

Hurricane Katrina may be able to do what years of squabbling, negotiations and trade panel rulings have failed to do--lift the duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber to the U.S. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk explains.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Gas Tax Cut

The chair of the Assembly Energy Committee says it might not be a good idea to cut state gasoline taxes right now. At a hearing, Assemblyman Paul Tonko says while he's open...  Go to full article

New Ownership Delays Chatham Plant

A Vancouver-based lumber company finalized the purchase of a proposed chipboard plant in St. Lawrence County earlier this month. After years of delays due to legal...  Go to full article

McHugh Requests $900M More for Home Heating

Heating oil prices are at record highs, 54% higher than last winter. Natural Gas prices are up 135%. The money that's out there to help low income families heat their homes...  Go to full article
Turbine parts on a freighter near Clayton.

Wind Turbines New Horizon for Lewis County

The horizon on the Tug Hill Plateau has a new look. More than twenty soaring wind turbines now dot the landscape of Lewis County. Maple Ridge Wind Farms will be the largest...  Go to full article
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Adk Council Sues Over Lake George 'Frankenpine' Cell Tower

A pro-environment group is filing legal action today aimed at blocking construction of a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob, a hill above Lake George. The project...  Go to full article

Town Requires Affordable Housing

A town on the Northway in Saratoga County has passed a new zoning ordinance that will force developers to include affordable housing in any future real estate developments. ...  Go to full article

Sheriff Warns of Gas Theft

The skyrocketing gas prices are uncharted territory. There are more questions than answers. For example, older mechanical gas pumps aren't calibrated to handle the three...  Go to full article

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