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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...


Sep 1, 2014 — All summer long, kids from a gritty neighborhood in Providence, R.I., have been escaping to a golf course and driving range carved out of a vacant lot. At Button Hole, a new generation is learning golf for a dollar a game.
Sep 1, 2014 — Thousands of employees lost their casino jobs with the closure of the Showboat and Revel casinos in Atlantic City. This is the latest development in a painful transition for Atlantic City, which faces greater competition for gamblers from neighboring states.
Sep 1, 2014 — Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

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Medicaid Revamp, SUNY Tuition Hike Top Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki released his spending plan for the coming year yesterday. His proposed budget attempts to take a bite out of the deficits dogging the state since September 11th, 2001. Pataki's proposal will close a $4.2 billion shortfall in the fiscal year beginning April 1st. He predicts the following two years will have deficits of almost $3 billion each. As Karen DeWitt reports, reining in the costs of health care tops the Governor's list of priorities.  Go to full article

Reading the Tea Leaves in Pataki's Budget

David Sommerstein talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about reaction to Governor Pataki's budget address yesterday, and what the prospects are for the first on-time state budget in 20 years.  Go to full article

A Winter Without Snow

Despite the cold, there's little snow on the ground in much of the North Country. The Olympic Regional Development Authority has rescheduled the Lake Placid Loppet, an annual 50 km cross-country ski race, due to lack of snow. Ski centers and snowmobile clubs around the region have also struggled. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the tough winter and its impact on the winter sports industry.  Go to full article

Pataki Releases 2005 Budget Plan

Republican Governor George Pataki releases his state budget today. The Governor faces big challenges, including a $4 billion deficit, rising Medicaid costs, and a court...  Go to full article

Big Tupper Development Will Require Big Public Investment

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its review of a massive new housing development in Tupper Lake. The proposal would mean more than eight hundred new condos and high-end...  Go to full article

Drum Boosters Braced for Base Closure Process

This year the U.S. military will conduct its first base closure process since the Griffis and Plattsburgh Air Bases were closed in 1995. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...  Go to full article

Senate Leader Urges Quick Budget Action

The leader of the State Senate is warning that there will be another record late state budget if the legislature and the Governor don't agree to reforms soon. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article
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New York Racing Authority, ORDA Face Audits

Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan...  Go to full article
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Tupper Lake: New Resort Development Will Close Historic Hunting Club

A historic sportsmen's club in Tupper Lake is expected to lose access to more than two thousand acres of forest land. Local members have been hunting and fishing on the land...  Go to full article

SUNY Chancellor Floats Regular Tuition Hike

The head of the State University of New York system yesterday proposed a new levying of tuition increases. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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