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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 19, 2014 — Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.
Apr 19, 2014 — Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.
Apr 19, 2014 — The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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Restored dress factory in Malone
Restored dress factory in Malone

Malone: Historic Buildings Reclaimed, College Honored

North Country Community College has won an award for the school's work in Malone, to save two historic buildings -- including Ballard Mill, a woolen clothing factory built in the early 1900s. The 4 million dollar project has reshaped the campus on the bank of the Salmon River. As Brian Mann reports, enrollment has doubled over the last two years.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Aubertine Against Sales Tax Hike

Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to approve the increase says he's against the idea. He says first, the state should take responsibility for causing the financial problems in the first place. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sup. JR Risley

Inlet: A Snowmobile Town that Offers Trails & Safety

With the Christmas holidays, the snowmobile season is underway in the North Country. It's a popular sport for many locals -- and it's also big business. Brian Mann spoke recently with JR Risley, supervisor in town of Inlet. Inlet sits on the edge of the Moose River Plains, one of the Adirondack Park's most popular snowmobile destinations.  Go to full article
Snowmobile Plan unveiled for Adirondack Park

Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: Quiet Release, Loud Response

Late yesterday, the Pataki administration released a landmark plan for snowmobiles in the Adirondacks. State conservation officials say the proposal would create a new...  Go to full article

Counties Survive Budget Crunch Until Next Year

This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and...  Go to full article

State Prison Officials Say Counties Paying Less

State prison officials say they're doing their part to save counties money -- by cutting the number of "state ready" inmates sitting in local jails. The number of prisoners...  Go to full article

Senate Advances Medicaid Cost Containment Proposals

A state Senate task force wants to cut $2.5 billion from the state's Medicaid program, and help counties pay for the costs of providing health insurance to New York's working...  Go to full article

Enviromentalists Push to Expand Bottle Deposit Law

Environmental groups say a top priority for them in the new year will be to get an expanded bottle law passed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Will Rural Schools Benefit From School Funding Case?

Martha Foley talks with Robert Lowery, associate director of the New York State School Superintendents Council, about how the school funding court ruling and a new school aid...  Go to full article

Lewis Co. Manufacturer to Triple Workforce

A homespun maker of gun cleaners in Lewis County announced yesterday it is expanding its plant in Lyons Falls, creating 107 new jobs over five years. As David Sommerstein...  Go to full article

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