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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 18, 2014 — Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.
Apr 18, 2014 — Professor and economist Matthew Gentzkow, the recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, discusses how to predict media slant and use big data in economics.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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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 waiting for a spot in state prison has fallen by 96 percent -- saving counties hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Brian Mann has details.  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 poor. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

New North Country Product Line Well Received

From Texas to Michigan, people are sampling a variety of goodies made here in the North Country. Gift baskets stuffed with local items like honey, maple syrup and jams are...  Go to full article
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton

Clayton Tries to 'Extend the Season'

Every summer, the Thousand Islands bustles with tourists and seasonal residents, all boating, fishing, dining, shopping, and spending money. But the economic boom dries up...  Go to full article

NYS Health Dept. Criticized for Bending Smoking Ban

An anti-smoking coalition is blasting the New York State Health Department's new rules to allow smoking in some bars and restaurants in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Business Groups Urge State Spending Cuts

Business and conservative groups say they'll push hard in the next legislative session to convince lawmakers to cut government spending. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Regents Propose New State School Aid Formula

The State Board of Regents has introduced a plan that greatly simplifies the state school aid formula. The proposal comes as New York faces a court order to fairly fund the...  Go to full article

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