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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 27, 2014 — How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.
Jul 26, 2014 — With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?
Jul 26, 2014 — The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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NY Joins National Registry to Block Telemarketers

Enforcing New York's Do Not Call Registry will now be the job of th Federal government. Governor Pataki signed over New York's list of people who do not want telemarketing calls to the Federal Trade Commission, which has begun a national program. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Contestants play "Pass The Buck".  Hillary Oak, the game's inventor, explains at right.

Modeling a Local Economy: "Pass The Buck"

A movement is afoot to take small steps toward building a healthy local economy in the North Country. It's based on a concept called the "economic multiplier". The idea is basically this: spend a dollar locally, and that dollar cycles through the community to other local businesses and strengthens the local economy. A St. Lawrence County woman has created a role-playing game to illustrate the concept. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

'Wise Buys' Stays Local

St. Lawrence County-based partners developing a retail chain to replace Ames Department Stores are taking a local approach to get off the ground. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Akwesasne Mohawks Debate Risks and Rewards of Politics Off the Reservation

The Mohawk population on the Akwesasne reservation is growing at more than twice the rate of the North Country's white population. Some tribal leaders say that trend could...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Housing Council Shares Budget Uncertainty

Directors of non-profit groups that rely on grants to run their programs get a little nervous around budget time each year. They're at the bottom of a pipeline that filters...  Go to full article
Are soybeans a promising future for farmers like Bill Brewer?

Can Soybeans Take Root on North Country Farms?

Facing rock-bottom milk prices and mounting debt, dairy farmers are looking for other ways to stay in business. An extra field of hay or corn could help pay the bills in...  Go to full article
Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.

Diversifying the Dairy Industry

The North Country dairy industry is facing some of its bleakest times in memory this summer. Farmers are going deeper into debt and working jobs off the farm. The main...  Go to full article

Low Milk Prices Take Their Toll

David Sommerstein talks with Judy Aldrich, chair of the St. Lawrence County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, about factors contributing to the struggling dairy...  Go to full article

Drug Law Reformers Could Face Fines

A hip-hop businessman who pushed for reform of the state's Rockefeller drug laws is under investigation by state lobbying officials. Russell Simmons tried to broker a deal...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff shepherded the bill through

Altamont ?Forgiven? For Accounting Missteps

The legislature passed a bill this week that forgives the town of Altamont for a series of major accounting errors that involved state contracts. Without lawmakers'...  Go to full article

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