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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 22, 2014 — Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?
Aug 22, 2014 — Airlines have the right to refuse a passenger suspected of having Ebola. But if you're sick with a contagious disease, what are your rights when it comes to canceling and refunds?
Aug 22, 2014 — The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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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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Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.
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 culprit for the crisis is a year and a half of extremely low milk prices. The depressed market has forced many farmers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. It's called "diversification" in the industry. In the first of a two part series on diversifying farms in the North Country, David Sommerstein reports the opportunities and pitfalls are many.  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 industry. She says the problems began in 2000 and 2001, when milk prices were high, even though dairy production was growing dramatically.  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 that would have freed hundreds of low-level drug offenders. But he could face lobbying fines up to twenty-five thousand dollars. Brian Mann has details.  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

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would...  Go to full article

NYC Rent Laws Extended One More Day

State lawmakers have extended New York City's rent laws for one more day, as they try to work on an agreement to renew regulations. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform ?Within Reach?

Lawmakers in Albany say they're closer than ever to a deal that would reform the state's Rockefeller drug laws. Under those laws, a person convicted for selling two ounces of...  Go to full article

Legislature Extends NYC Rent Control Laws

State lawmakers extended the rent control laws for an extra day, as
they failed to reach agreement to renew the regulations or any other
end of session issues....  Go to full article

Semiconductor Slump Forces Corning Canton Layoffs

Corning Incorporated in Canton will lay off about 20 people at the end of the month. The plant has avoided the massive layoffs seen at other Corning plants around the world....  Go to full article

No Radioactive Waste Found at Plattsburgh AFB, Just Bad PR

The Air Force says a preliminary inspection of the old Plattsburgh Air Force base turned up no radioactive material. A more detailed search is now being planned, at a site...  Go to full article

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