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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 30, 2014 — The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
Aug 30, 2014 — A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
Aug 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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Education Advocates Critical of Pataki's Budget Plan

Governor Pataki's record budget cuts to schools in New York state are drawing an angry response from teachers unions and other education advocates, who say children will be harmed. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Offers Tough Budget Plan

Governor Pataki chose deep spending cuts over broad based tax hikes in his plan to close a combined budget gap of $11.5 billion. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
The delapidated St. Lawrence Hotel in Waddington could be the key to the village's future.

Envisioning a Waddington Renaissance

The town of Waddington lies on a beautiful spot of the St. Lawrence River, about halfway between Ogdensburg and Massena. Its riverfront property is attracting new residents as well as natives looking to move back home with their families. St. Lawrence County Administrator Don Brining lives there, along with other county leaders. By all accounts, the town seems poised on the brink of a renaissance. But with growth comes growing pains. As David Sommerstein reports, a citizen group is challenging the town board to think big about Waddington's future.  Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's greener pastures.

Seasonal Dairying: A Viable Alternative

Most dairy farmers in the North Country milk their cows all year long. It brings in a steady paycheck and ensures a steady flow of milk to manufacturing plants. But a small...  Go to full article

'Wise Buys' Details Emerging

Plans for a North Country based retail chain to replace the Ames stores are slowly emerging. Investors in the "Wise Buys" project say they're pushing aggressively to open...  Go to full article

Manufacturing Jobs are Coming to Ogdensburg

More than 100 jobs will be created over the next two years as Ansen Corporation in Ogdensburg renovates and expands its manufacturing plant there. As Jody Tosti reports, the...  Go to full article

Zinc Mines Buyer Awaits Higher Prices

A Toronto-based company is working out financing details to buy mines near Gouverneur owned by the Zinc Corporation of America. That's good news for almost two hundred...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for More Federal Medicaid Money

New York Senator Hillary Clinton is trying to protect Medicaid services in financially troubled states. She's calling on the federal government to boost its share of Medicaid...  Go to full article

Why Aren't Americans Taking Advantage of Strong U.S. Dollar in Canada?

The recent bankruptcy of the Ottawa Senators has once again drawn attention to the weak Canadian dollar. Teams say it's tough for them to pay the players' American salaries...  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Students Reax

David Sommerstein spoke with SUNY Potsdam students Saturday about the proposed tuition increase. Many students face two or three years of higher tuition than they had...  Go to full article

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