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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 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
Aug 29, 2014 — Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.
Aug 29, 2014 — David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

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Deer Disease Spreads to Wild

State officials said yesterday a wild deer in Oneida County has preliminarily tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It's the first time the fatal sickness has turned up in the wild in New York. The DEC is putting in place emergency containment measures by the end of the week. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Craig Young

Getting a Job: A Success Story

Up to 70% of disabled Americans of working age are unemployed. Two-thirds of those unemployed say they want to work. But barriers to employment include accessibility of worksites, under-education, and public misperceptions about how capable people with disabilities are. And employers don't have time to devote to extra training some people may need. Craig Young is a success story...he's 20 years old, and store manager at the Family Dollar in Gouverneur. He says he couldn't have imagined holding the job a year ago. Greg Warner has his story.  Go to full article
George Howard.

Disability Matters: Everday Challenges in Getting Around

How many times have you heard this: "If you don't have a car, you can't get around in the North Country." Buses are few and far between. Taxis are scarce and expensive. Most towns are not designed with the pedestrian in mind. It can takes hours, or even a whole day, to run an errand or make an appointment that in a car would take minutes. And limited transportation options restrict job opportunities. For people with disabilities, and especially people who use wheelchairs, these problems are magnified. Accessible vans and ambulettes are plentiful for Medicaid funded trips to the doctor or case manager. But there are few - if any - options for the errands and visits and excursions of everyday life. People with disabilities are too often restricted to their homes, isolated from and invisible to their communities. As part of our series Disability Matters, David Sommerstein reports on one man's efforts to get around on his own.  Go to full article

First Wild Deer Tests Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

State conservation officials say initial samples of wild deer in Oneida County showed no signs of chronic wasting disease. Five deer on two farms tested positive for the...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for Point Person on Northern Border

Senator Hillary Clinton says the controversy over new passport requirements is proof the U.S. needs someone to oversee border issues with Canada. Yesterday, Clinton...  Go to full article
John Scarlett, a back-to-the-lander, who stayed in Rossie.  See a larger photo in the Today's Photo section of our website

Back to the Land: Finding Connections Between Now, and Then

About 35 years ago, a funny thing happened in the North Country. Young people moved here, singly and in groups, to settle. They were latter day hometseaders. They bought some...  Go to full article
Breaking Ground<br />(Source:  Amy Freiman)

In Newcomb, a Rural School Fights for its Future

Yesterday, we reported on the shortage of affordable housing in the Adirondacks. Local leaders say working families are being pushed out, as vacation home-owners move in. ...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article

Layoffs Announced at GM Massena Plant

General Motors plans to lay off nearly 100 workers at its Massena plant beginning later this month. The plant employs 450.  Go to full article

Debate Over North Country's Low Cost Power

There's renewed debate over the future of the North Country's share of cheap electricity produced at the hydropower dam in Massena. The local Alcoa and General Motors plants...  Go to full article

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