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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...


Aug 30, 2014 — The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
Aug 30, 2014 — A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
Aug 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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A Brief History of Medicaid in New York

The cost of the state's Medicaid program has grown by $17 billion since 1995, when Governor Pataki took office. The spending has risen so rapidly that the state's counties say just paying their share has led to a fiscal crisis. But Pataki, along with members of the state legislature, has found increasing spending on Medicaid difficult to resist. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is leading the effort in the North Country. The protests come a day after a bar near Syracuse won a waiver allowing smoking. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Future of Potsdam Specialty Paper Mill Unknown

About a thousand jobs will be cut next year at MeadWestvaco Corporation, which runs a specialty paper mill in St. Lawrence County. What this means for the future of the Potsdam facility and its workers is still unknown. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Housing Privatization Protects Fort Drum's Future

Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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...  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

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