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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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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. Lawrence River. Yesterday an Ottawa-based company said it will expand in Ogdensburg's industrial park and create 100 new jobs. David Sommerstein has details.  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

Kayakers Compete in Watertown After Delay

Long-awaited sun and high waters have greeted competitors in a national freestyle kayaking competition on the Black River in Watertown. As David Sommerstein reports, the...  Go to full article

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