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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 20, 2014 — The evolving discussion about women and money is filled with stats and studies. But what are women experiencing day to day when they request a pay increase? Many wish they'd asked earlier.
Apr 19, 2014 — General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
Apr 19, 2014 — Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.

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SUNY Potsdam Students Reax

David Sommerstein spoke with SUNY Potsdam students Saturday about the proposed tuition increase. Many students face two or three years of higher tuition than they had budgeted for.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton President on Tuition Hike

SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy responds to news of the proposed SUNY tuition hike. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Local Company Wants To Fill Void Left By Ames

Small towns across the North Country are struggling to replace the Ames department stores that once anchored local economies. Until the company's bankruptcy, last fall, Ames offered basic goods like clothing and house-wares. Now, a company based in Gouverneur is hoping to start a new chain of stores called "WiseBuys" that would fill the shopping void. But as Brian Mann reports, reactions to the idea are mixed.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Rally Embraces Wal-Mart

Two hundred local residents turned out in Saranac Lake last night, for what turned into a pro Wal-Mart pep rally. Some people worry that the company's big box stores would...  Go to full article

New Call Center in the Adirondacks

Another Call Service Company Coming to the North Country. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

2002 Home Sales Sharply Up

The real estate market in parts of the North Country saw significant growth in 2002. Prices for single family homes also rose. David Sommerstein reports low interest rates...  Go to full article

Comptroller Says Bush's Economic Stimulus Plan Would Hurt New York

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says President Bush's economic stimulus plan would cause New York to lose up to $3.4 billion over the next four years. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

Stream Begins Hiring

Stream International is hiring its first 175 customer support agents for its new call center in Watertown. David Sommerstein reports the first wave of employment comes three...  Go to full article

Alcoa Reports Big Losses

Alcoa jarred Wall Street yesterday when it reported larger-than-expected losses, and widespread layoffs. Alcoa's stock fell 10 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. The...  Go to full article

Snowmobile Trails Still Closed as Insurance Problems Continue

State officials continue to talk with insurance companies about protecting landowners and snowmobile clubs from liability for accidents on private trails. Clubs closed...  Go to full article

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