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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 18, 2014 — David Greene talks to Weekend All Things Considered host Arun Rath about his trip to Fort Irwin National Training Center located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.
Apr 17, 2014 — Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.

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Border Patrol Faces I-87 Checkpoint Safety Questions

The victims of Sunday's crash were parked at an immigration checkpoint set up by the U.S. Border Patrol. This is the second major accident at the traffic stop in less than a year. But officials say the checkpoint will re-open after the investigation is complete. As Brian Mann reports, some locals say the program is unsafe.  Go to full article

Fiery Crash at Northway Checkpoint Leaves 4 Dead

At least four people are dead after a fiery crash Sunday afternoon at a controversial immigration checkpoint on the Northway. Officials say at least six accidents have occurred at the traffic stop this year. Brian Mann has details.

Two Canadians were also killed last week in an accident at a border checkpoint near Buffalo. Fritz Lippold, age 75, was driving toward the Peace Bridge when he struck a tractor trailer idling near an on-ramp. State police believe Lippold didn't realize traffic was stopped and never hit his brakes before slamming into the truck at high speed. Lippold, a resident of Port Colborne, Ontario, died Friday morning at a Buffalo hospital. His wife, Doreen, was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say signs along the highway warn motorists to be alert for traffic backups near the bridge.  Go to full article

Pre-Election, It's Raining Grant Money

As election season hits its stride, the North Country is being showered with federal and state grant money. On the heels of announcements in Ogdensburg, Governor Pataki and Congressman John McHugh yesterday announced 9 North Country communities will share $4.5 million in federal housing funds. Also yesterday, McHugh announced the Department of Energy awarded Clarkson University $775,000 over three years to develop energy efficient building technology. And as David Sommerstein reports, the USDA will loan the River Hospital in Alexandria Bay $2.5 million.  Go to full article
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Waterfront Cleanup, New Manufacturer Cheers Ogdensburg

This week's been full of good news for the city of Ogdensburg. On Monday Governor Pataki announced a $168,000 state grant to help clean up contamination along the St....  Go to full article

New NNY Tourism Data Online

Economic developers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who's just plain curious about the North Country now have a powerful new tool. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism...  Go to full article
State Senator Ray Meier

Bill Introduced To Keep Traffic Fines Local

17 state senators, including North Country Senator Ray Meier, have introduced a bill that would repeal a controversial change in vehicle law approved in the state budget last...  Go to full article
Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?

Critics Say Land Lease on Adirondack Lake Violates NY Constitution

Every year, New York state leases thousands of parcels of land along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks. People pay an average of a hundred...  Go to full article

Giving Not-For-Profits a Leg Up

The Adirondack Community Trust is challenging non-profit organizations in six North Country counties to go a step further in securing their financial futures. ACT is...  Go to full article
Sean Brabant, Clayton, riding the wave

Watertown Debuts on Kayaking Circuit

You can find challenging whitewater rapids on rivers all over this country. But the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Association chose one wave on the Black River in Watertown to...  Go to full article

Alcoa Restoring 45 Jobs in Massena

Alcoa Metals will re-open several pot lines at its aluminum smelters in Massena. The company expects to hire 45 people over the next three months. Alcoa cited low...  Go to full article

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