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The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that New York state is recognizing Warren County for having a system to keep county jail inmates from collecting unemployment benefits. The state comptroller’s office found last year that in five counties...
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...


Apr 23, 2014 — San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.
Apr 23, 2014 — Next month in Japan, Haagen-Dazs will debut vegetable-flavored ice cream. Each carton will contain about half the fat content of regular Haagen-Dazs.
Apr 23, 2014 — Broadcasters say the TV streaming company is violating copyright laws. The ruling will influence the future of television, and also affect technologies such as cloud computing.

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Pataki Defends Economic Development Program Amid Criticism

Governor Pataki's economic development czar Charles Gargano was on the hot seat at a hearing by Assembly Democrats on the effectiveness of the state's primary job creation program, known as Empire Zones. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cleaner Air, Higher Gas Prices?

The federal government's tougher regulations on pollution might have consequences on prices at the gasoline pump. To meet the Clean Air Act, some areas might be required to use cleaner-burning fuels. That could make it tougher to get gasoline supplies where they need to be. And that could mean higher prices. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article
Kevin Pricket circles Valcour Island

A Spring Paddle Around Valcour Island, By Kayak

After our long winter, spring has finally arrived in the North Country. The ice has left most of the lakes. Loons and herons are returning to their nests. This week, Brian Mann ventured out in his kayak, visiting Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Agricultural Coops Given Empire Zone Benefits

Legislation approved by Governor Pataki yesterday will allow dairy cooperatives to receive Empire Zone benefits. The Empire Zone program offers tax incentives to encourage...  Go to full article

Adirondacks: International Paper Sells Development Rights on 260,000 Acres

Governor George Pataki will announce a landmark conservation deal today with International Paper that will freeze development on a quarter-million acres of land in the...  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Shutdown Devastates Boonville

The southern Adirondack hamlet of Boonville is struggling to absorb news that its largest private employer is closing. Ethan Allen Interiors announced Monday it will close...  Go to full article

Environmental Practices Affect Stock Values

A new report has found that utilities with the best environmental practices have higher values on the stock market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Saratoga Company Interested in Kraft Plant?

A Saratoga start-up company may be interested in Kraft's cheese plant in Canton. The plant is slated to close in July, putting 60 people out of work. But as David...  Go to full article

Alexandria Bay Seeks Customs Office

For thousands of summer boaters on the St. Lawrence River, traveling to or from Canada has become more of a challenge since September 11th, 2001. A proposal to re-open a...  Go to full article

Kraft Shutdown Later, Then Ripples

When Kraft ceases cheese production in Canton, the economic effects will be significant, but not bad enough to force many farmers out of business. That's according to Chuck...  Go to full article

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