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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 27, 2014 — What is the typical American workday? We take a look at how working hours change according to job type.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company said the shirt's design was meant to look like a sheriff's star from classic Western films. But after popular uproar, Zara decided to pull it from shelves.
Aug 27, 2014 — Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Tina Montroy has worked at McCadam Cheese Co. in Heuvelton for 15 years.
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 relationship between dairy farmers and the processing plants they sell their milk to is a symbiotic one. But like all close relationships, there can be tension, even outright feuds. In the second part of our series on dairy in the North Country, David Sommerstein looks at the relationship from one processor's point of view, who says the future lies in the two groups becoming one.  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 is some encouraging news in the report as well. Karen Dewitt reports.  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 farmer.  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

Gubernatorial Candidates Rally Upstate Voters

Governor George Pataki who announced the creation of 200 high tech jobs took some heat on the upstate economy from third party candidate, Tom Golisano. Meanwhile, Democratic...  Go to full article

IBM Workers in Vermont Could Get Federal Benefits

Laid off workers at Vermont's IBM plant may be eligible for federal benefits under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Milk Price Drop Concerns Farm Leaders

The Vermont Milk Commission is deeply worried about the financial future of the state's dairy farmers. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Last Year's Terrorist Attacks Could Effect Next Year's State Budget

In addition to the personal and public tragedies wrought by the events of September 11th, the terrorist attacks also devastated parts of New York?s economy. The damage may...  Go to full article

McCall Criticized for not Using Pension Fund to Invest in Upstate Economy

Democratic candidate for governor Carl McCall has been criticized by his opponents for not using the pension fund to invest in the faltering upstate economy. Mccall...  Go to full article

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