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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 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
Aug 29, 2014 — Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.
Aug 29, 2014 — David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

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The Artful Blogger grew up in Lafargeville, made his bones on Wall Street, and returned to the North Country in 2003, settling in Clayton to raise his family and dabble in the markets.
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Ag Pro Ltd. is waiting to get more soybeans at a better price
Ag Pro Ltd. is waiting to get more soybeans at a better price

Soybean Plant Still Idle, Eyes New Products

A soybean processing plant in Massena is waiting for the price of beans to drop before it re-opens after shutting down at the end of June. But as David Sommerstein reports, it may turn to other products to generate some business.  Go to full article

More Budget Troubles Ahead for New York?

States are facing their worst budget crisis in more than a decade, and the cash shortage is not expected to end soon. Reporter Karen DeWitt talked to two researchers who documented how New York and other states got into fiscal trouble, and what they'll have to do to get out.  Go to full article
US Border Patrol Agent Dick Ashlaw

As Border Security Tightens, Drug Smuggling Increases on the St. Lawrence River

For generations, smugglers have used the St. Lawrence River to traffic everything from rum to cigarettes to illegal aliens. In the months since the September 11 terror attacks, Federal officials say alien smuggling has dropped off dramatically. But as criminals shift their trade to avoid new anti-terrorism laws, Border Patrol agents say drug trafficking has increased three hundred percent. As Brian Mann reports, the most popular black market commodity is high-quality "hydroponic" marijuana.  Go to full article

Lewis County Wind Farm One Step Closer To Reality

Lewis County lawmakers decided last week on a taxation agreement with Flat Rock Wind Power, moving construction of a wind farm one step closer. As Jody Tosti reports, if the...  Go to full article

Green Buildings Mean Retail Greenbacks

Green building experts have known how to make buildings more energy efficient for a long time, but the building industry is slow to change - especially in retail. The Great...  Go to full article

Saratoga Track More Popular and More Troubled Than Ever

In a year when the Saratoga Race Course is enjoying new popularity - thanks to Funny Cide and the new Seabiscuit movie - the track's parent company is facing a drum beat of...  Go to full article

A Local Guide to Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat lovers are increasingly looking to pasture-raised beef, lamb, and chicken as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to commercial feed lot meats. The Adirondack...  Go to full article
A winter view from Leishman Point.

Waddington to Vote on Leishman Point Plan?

A grass roots group says it has gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on a proposal to develop shoreline property in the town of Waddington. David Sommerstein has...  Go to full article

Outdoor Recreation Call-in

Playing outdoors is a way of life in the North Country. It's also a fast-growing industry and sometimes a cause for conflict between people who see outdoor fun differently. ...  Go to full article

New Motel Slated For Potsdam

Clean-up plans for the former Potsdam Feed and Coal site will be detailed this morning at a groundbreaking ceremony on the village lot. County and village officials, as well...  Go to full article

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