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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 23, 2014 — Microsoft's new CEO is getting a lot of love from Wall Street, but the company is struggling to stay relevant. And Apple has found its footing again, mostly through a massive stock buyback program.
Jul 23, 2014 — With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point.
Jul 22, 2014 — Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

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Holiday Gift-giving Programs Feel the Loss of Ames Stores

The holiday season is bringing home another dimension of the gap caused by the loss of Ames Department stores in many North Country communities. Non-profit groups used the retail chain for their gift-giving programs. With the stores closed, many community groups fear a leaner holiday season for their clients. Lorraine Taylor is Director of the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center, one of the communities which partnered with Ames during the holidays.  Go to full article

Canton's Church and Community Services Prepares for Holiday Season Without Ames

Martha Foley talks with Shari Wilcox, Director of the Church and Community Services in Canton, about her struggles this season without Ames and how other local groups are helping make up for the loss.  Go to full article

Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to pay for soaring Medicaid costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Tepid Tourism in Thousand Islands

A new survey finds early bad weather and tighter border security hurt many Thousand Islands businesses last summer. As David Sommerstein reports, many in the area's tourism...  Go to full article

Schumer Courts Walmart for Tri-Lakes Region

Senator Charles Schumer is courting Walmart for the heart of the Adirondacks. In a letter last week, Schumer encouraged Walmart's CEO to look at putting in store in Saranac...  Go to full article
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food...  Go to full article

Going Hungry for the Hungry

The staff of a college radio station in Plattsburgh went on a hunger strike of sorts Saturday, collecting nearly a thousand cans of food for charity. Martha Foley talks with...  Go to full article

Commentary: Voter Participation

New York makes an effort to enroll low-income voters. But many never go to the polls. Commentator Jill Vaughan says it's the issues that are out of reach, not the polling...  Go to full article

APA: Controversial Hotel Approved in Lake George

On Wednesday (Oct. 30) the Adirondack Park Agency staff approved a permit for a new 97-room hotel in Lake George. The project has drawn criticism from pro-environment...  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, pt.2

For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of...  Go to full article

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