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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...


Aug 1, 2014 — It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.
Aug 1, 2014 — Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.
Aug 1, 2014 — The government releases the July unemployment report Friday. The June report was surprisingly strong, and economists will be watching to see if employers kept the hiring spree going.

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Stewart Belkin, President of Newstech NY, Inc., stands outside the mill in Newton Falls.
Stewart Belkin, President of Newstech NY, Inc., stands outside the mill in Newton Falls.

Newton Falls Paper Mill Reopens: Economic Victory For St. Lawrence County

A Canadian company will spend more than twenty million dollars refurbishing the paper mill in Newton Falls. The plan--which will mean roughly 120 job--was unveiled Sunday at a ceremony in the village. The economy in southern St. Lawrence County was devastated three years ago when the Newton Falls mill shut down. As Brian Mann reports, many locals say yesterday's announcement was the pay-off for years of hope and hard work.  Go to full article

Re-Creating the Raquette

The Raquette River has seen several incarnations of economic development in the North Country: first fishing and logging, then sandstone mining and hydroelectric generation. A group of businesses and citizens want to start a new economic era for the state's second largest river based on tourism and recreation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bombardier Announces Layoffs

Transportation giant Bombardier announced today that the company will lay off six percent of its workforce. The move is a blow to the economy in Quebec, where more than a thousand jobs will go. Brian Mann reports it appears that the decision will affect plants in Vermont, but not in New York.  Go to full article

Filling the Post-Ames Void

When Ames Department Stores close their doors for good in a dozen North Country communities later this fall, they'll leave behind a retail void. Small town residents will...  Go to full article

Pataki Speaks to Business Leaders

Governor Pataki addressed the state's Business Council, the group that has traditionally been a big backer of his political career. Pataki made the case to the business...  Go to full article
Tina Montroy has worked at McCadam Cheese Co. in Heuvelton for 15 years.

Can Milk Producers & Processors Collaborate?

The North Country dairy industry is built on manufacturing. Most of the milk cows produce is turned into something else - cheese, butter, yogurt, milk powder. The...  Go to full article

Report: State Losing Manufacturing Jobs

A new report by the state's business lobby, finds that New York is still losing manufacturing jobs, faster than the rest of the nation. The Business Council says that there...  Go to full article
Jason McCullom in the milking parlor of his dad Kevin's farm.

Budgeting on Dairy Farms Without a Steady Paycheck

In this first part of our series on the dairy industry in the North Country, David Sommerstein looks at the price of milk as seen through the eyes of one mid-size dairy...  Go to full article

Who Sets the Milk Price?

David Sommerstein talks with Julie Suarez of the New York Farm Bureau about how the price of milk is set on the national market.  Go to full article

Cross-border Trade and Tighter Security

Business groups in New York are lobbying in Washington to curb delays at the U.S.-Canadian border, in northern and western parts of the state. The business leaders say the...  Go to full article

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