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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 — 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.
Aug 29, 2014 — The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.

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Warren County: Lens Lake Permit Reviewed By APA

The Adirondack Park Agency will also consider a permit this morning that would allow construction of a new home on the shore of Lens Lake, 25 miles south of Warrensburg. Other homes in the area aren't visible from the waterfront and some neighbors want to preserve the pristine view.  Go to full article

Seaway Expansion: Canada's Role Uncertain

A Canadian environmental group doubts Canada will support an on-going study of expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway for bigger ships. But a Canadian port believes the opposite. David Sommerstein reports Canada's decision has been delayed for months.  Go to full article

Study: Upstate Prisons Provide Little Economic Bounce

A new study released by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based think tank, says prisons offer little long-term economic benefit to rural communities. The group analyzed income and unemployment data in 14 rural, upstate counties over 25 years. Their findings suggest that counties without prisons have actually done better economically than counties with prisons. Martha Foley talks with Mark Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project and a co-author of the study.  Go to full article

Pataki Announces State Workforce Reduction Plan

Governor Pataki has announced that he'd like to reduce the state workforce by 5,000 jobs, in order to help close the combined $11.5 billion dollar budget deficit. At a...  Go to full article

Students Object to Tuition Hikes

State lawmakers object to Governor Pataki's plans to raise tuition and cut student aid at New York's public colleges and universities. The fiscal committee of the state...  Go to full article

U.S. Cracks Down on Dairy Imports

New York lawmakers are urging U.S. trade representatives to restrict dairy imports from Canada that compete with North Country dairy products. David Sommerstein reports...  Go to full article

Rural Advocates Oppose State Funding Cuts

A coalition of programs and agencies known as the Rural Preservation Program faces funding cuts up to 55 percent. Advocates say the cuts, and a proposed restructuring...  Go to full article

NY Transportation Chief Says "Rooftop Highway" Not Likely in Near Future

A ?rooftop highway? connecting Watertown to Plattsburgh won't happen in the neat future. The State's Transportation Commissioner told New York leaders this week that a...  Go to full article

President's Budget Leaves Seaway Study in Limbo

The Bush administration's 2004 budget proposal includes a modest amount to continue to review the St. Lawrence Seaway. As David Sommerstein reports, Congress and Canada are...  Go to full article

Bush's Budget Could Hurt North Country Airports

President Bush's proposed federal budget could endanger air service in the North Country. The administration's plan is to eliminate federal funding for Essential Air...  Go to full article

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