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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 31, 2014 — The Center for Science in the Public Interest says, at more than 3,500 calories, it's the "single unhealthiest" meal among 200 chain restaurants.
Jul 31, 2014 — Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.
Jul 31, 2014 — Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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Report: State's Budget Balanced

Governor Pataki's budget director says the state budget is in balance for now, but New York faces a combined $14 billion deficit over the next two years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Task Force Focuses on Farming

Farmers and farming advocates from Adirondack counties were in Westport last week to share their concerns about the future of their livelihood. They spoke at the latest in a series of public forums convened by a task force of Assembly Republicans. Chris Knight has more:  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County's Administrator Faces 'No Confidence' Vote

St. Lawrence County's top unelected official faces an unusual vote of 'no confidence' at Monday's county legislature meeting. At issue is a huge budgeting error in a county department and a new human resources building that is the subject of financial problems and a lawsuit. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mayors Ask State for Help Paying Pensions

Mayors across New York are asking the state legislature for help in meeting skyrocketing pension costs. They say without relief, local taxpayers may have to foot the bill. ...  Go to full article

County Budgets: "We're Cannibalizing Ourselves"

County governments across the North Country are citing a long list of factors creating dramatic financial problems. Counties are proposing budgets that would cut personnel...  Go to full article

North Country Businesses Get Lesson In Ebay Sales

16 St. Lawrence County business owners recently spent the day at Ebay University to learn how to sell their products on the largest Internet site for worldwide sales. Jody...  Go to full article

Federal Judge Refuses to Block NY Smoking Ban

Anti-smoking groups are hailing a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit from some New York bar owners that asked for a temporary halt to New York's smoking ban. Karen...  Go to full article

Calcium Weighs In

The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150...  Go to full article

Budget Talks Begin in Albany

Governor George Pataki invited state legislative leaders into his office for a closed-door meeting yesterday on preliminary budget talks. Afterward, Democrats and...  Go to full article

"International Northeast": An Emerging Region?

An economic development group in Maine believes the North Country can be a part of a growing regional economy in the Northeast and southeastern Canada. Next month, it will...  Go to full article

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