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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 — The raises for junior staff is an attempt to keep up-and-coming talent from heading to private equity firms or to Silicon Valley, Bloomberg News reports.
Aug 22, 2014 — The federal program has centers across the country that provide education and vocational training. Kelly McEvers talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about how Job Corps serves disadvantaged youths.
Aug 22, 2014 — The company will open its first stores in Mumbai and Delhi. The plan is for 40 franchise locations throughout the country.

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Alcoa to Lay Off 110

Alcoa Primary Metals will eliminate 110 jobs at its East Smelter plant in Massena. But a new $7 million dollar power contract and a joint labor-management restructuring effort will keep the plant operating, at least for another year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families across the country live in poverty. Despite recent salary increases, some enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum and sends this report.  Go to full article

NAFTA & Environment: Mixed Results

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, established an agency to monitor the environmental effects of trade between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In a new report, the agency gives NAFTA mixed reviews. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

Salvation Army: Volunteers and Donations Down This Holiday Season

North Country officers of the Salvation Army say donations and the number of volunteers are lagging this season, more so than in recent times. In Watertown, the number of...  Go to full article
David Sommerstein interviews port director Bill Payne.

On the Docks at the Port of Ogdensburg

Freighters on the St. Lawrence Seaway are making their last pick-ups and deliveries around the Great Lakes before they begin clearing the waterway for winter this week. The...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.  <br />Photo provided by Ortloff's office.

Sawmills ?Saved?: Rule Change Approved In Albany

State officials in Albany have agreed to allow the use of rough cut lumber in construction projects. Without the change to state building codes, made on Wednesday, hundreds...  Go to full article
A freshman Senator faces a tough year in Albany.

Budget Cuts Could Go Deep In North Country

If the Governor does balance the budget through cuts - rather than income tax increases - the North Country could be hit hard. Government employment is a huge factor in the...  Go to full article

Business Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Consider Less Spending Over Tax Hikes

The state's business leaders say New York lawmakers should take a hard look at reducing state spending before they think about raising taxes to plug New York's budget gap. ...  Go to full article

Interim Chairman Named To Head Troubled Park Agency

On Friday, Governor George Pataki appointed an interim chairman to head the Adirondack Park Agency. Jim Frenette has been a member of the commission since 1992. As Brian...  Go to full article

Stewardship Award: A Lake Champlain Estate Honored For Conservation

A conservation group and a coalition of private landowners have announced their choice for this year's Adirondack Stewardship Award. The honor - given each year since 1996 -...  Go to full article

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