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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...


Sep 2, 2014 — Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.
Sep 2, 2014 — Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.
Sep 2, 2014 — It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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Potsdam Nursing Home to Close

The Community Nursing Home in Potsdam is expected to close this summer. Termination letters were sent to employees yesterday. While nursing home officials prepare for closure, Local 1199, the union representing the workers is preparing for a fight. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Agree on Loan Pact for State

The New York State Senate and Assembly are considering going it alone, and passing a compromised borrowing bill with or without Governor Pataki's approval. Karen Dewitt has more on the story from Albany.  Go to full article

U-S Canada Border: Once A Line On A Map, Now A Defended Frontier

Just a few years ago, New York's border with Canada was little more than a line on a map. Since September 11th, state and federal officials have spent moved aggressively to tighten security. Governor George Pataki is now sending 120 new state troopers to help patrol the 400-mile frontier. New technology is being installed at major crossings - including massive x-ray machines and radiation detectors. As Brian Mann reports, the policy marks a major shift, at a time when relations between the two countries are already strained.  Go to full article

Bruno: April 1st Budget Deadline Will Be Missed

The leader of the New York State Senate says it's now all but certain that the April 1st budget deadline will be missed, for the 19th year in a row. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Farmers Worry Help May Not Come Soon Enough

Representatives from the North Country's agriculture industry addressed farmers' problems at a state Assembly hearing Friday. As David Sommerstein reports, there were more...  Go to full article

Border Security Could Mean Travel Delays

With the war against Iraq now underway, officials in the U-S and Canada have tightened border security. Some truckers and travelers have reported travel delays, but as Brian...  Go to full article

Pataki and Bruno Disagree on State Budget

Republicans are now at odds over the state budget, after a bit of a clash between Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Governor Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Hunger Awareness Day

As the nation prepares for war with Iraq, our attention is centered on the conflict in the Middle East. But back home, some social organizations are waging their own war on...  Go to full article

State Eyes Native Tobacco Taxes

As cash-strapped New York trolls for new sources of revenue, some lawmakers are targeting tobacco and fuel sales on reservation land and vendors who sell to native-owned...  Go to full article

Canton Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Agriculture

New York lawmakers will hear firsthand from farmers about agricultural issues in a series of town meetings held across the state. The first will be held this Friday at SUNY...  Go to full article

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