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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 22, 2014 — The court's decision by a three-judge panel essentially throws out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. The decision is likely to be appealed.
Jul 22, 2014 — People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.
Jul 22, 2014 — The vote marked a major step in moving the city's bankruptcy forward. Retired police and firefighters overwhelmingly approved some cuts in their pensions.

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Group Considers Community-based Market in Canton

A group of residents is working to bring a community-based market to the village of Canton. In part, the store would be a place where local growers could sell and store their produce. And, if located downtown, the market would also fill a void left by the closing of the IGA grocery store several years ago. As Jody Tosti reports, the next step is to figure out how to fund the project.  Go to full article
Affordable housing, pt.3

Adirondack Vacation Homes Displace Year-round Residents

There's a housing boom underway in the Adirondacks - but most of the new homes are going to vacationers or seasonal residents. Visitors are also buying up hundreds of homes and camps once owned by locals. As Brian Mann reports, some villagers worry that the tight real estate market will hurt local economies - and even damage the sense of community.  Go to full article
Affordable housing, pt. 2

Lumber Prices Spike for North Country Home Builders

Over the last decade, housing costs in the Adirondacks have grown by nearly a third. The cost of building or remodeling a home spiked again this summer, as the price of plywood and oriented strand board more than doubled. The increase was triggered in part by the military's purchase of massive amounts of construction materials in Iraq. As Brian Mann reports, the tight market is adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home.  Go to full article
Affordable Housing Series: Part I

Seasonal Buyers Price Locals Out of New Housing Market

Today, we begin an occasional series of reports on housing in the North Country. We'll examine some of the issues people face when looking for safe, affordable places to...  Go to full article

Potsdam Conference to Explore New Sources of Local Government Funding

For the 12th straight year, hundreds of North Country workers will spend a day in workshops designed by local government officials for local government officials. The...  Go to full article

Clinton: Bush Renegs on Promise to Save Americorps

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Bush is breaking a promise to her husband to protect one of the Clintons' favorite programs. The New York senator has told...  Go to full article

Destination Superstores Buy Up Farmland

Throughout the region, tourism is an important part of the economy. Families travel far and wide to visit historical sites, cultural institutions, and favorite recreation...  Go to full article
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Economy, Wet Weather Hurt Summer Tourism

It's been a tough summer for tourism businesses around the nation. Here in the North Country, the struggling economy conspired with cool, wet weather to keep summer...  Go to full article

Kosher Cheese Plant to Open in Ogdensburg

Over the next three years, 200 hundred workers will be hired to produce kosher products at the now-closed cheese plant in Ogdensburg. The deal was inked this week after two...  Go to full article

Seedcorn to Launch Local Currency: North Country Notes

The deadline to submit designs for North Country Notes is quickly approaching. The idea is to promote businesses through the use of a local currency. North Country Notes is...  Go to full article

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