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Study: Upstate Taxes Much Higher than National Average

The state's Business Council has issued a report that finds taxpayers in upstate New York pay billions more a year in taxes than the national average. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Short of Skilled Labor for High Tech Jobs

High speed data lines may help attract high tech industry to the north country. But many experts say the region also needs a new kind of employee. After decades of depending on low skill labor and service jobs, many workers tend to be poorly skilled, with little education. As Brian Mann reports, economic planners say part of the answer is education and retraining. But they also hope to attract younger, more diverse workers.  Go to full article

Walmart's Potsdam Plans Draw Cheers, Jeers

The discount giant Walmart is making a major push to expand in the North Country. The company plans to build bigger stores in Massena and Watertown, and new stores in Lowville and Leray, near Fort Drum. Tuesday Walmart announced plans to build a supercenter on Route 11 in Potsdam. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is renewing an old debate in the college town.  Go to full article
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Precision Jet Hopes to Build Maintenance Hub (and Jobs) at Plattsburgh AFB

A Syracuse-based company hopes to build a major aviation maintenance hub at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. On Friday, Precision Jet signed a memorandum of understanding with officials in Clinton County that brings the project one step closer to reality. But some critics say the company's reputation -- and their demands for tax relief --- raise serious questions about the deal. Brian Mann spoke with Joe LoTemplio, a reporter with the Plattsburgh Press Republican who has been following the story.  Go to full article

Spring Expo Highlights SLC Businesses

Home-based and locally owned businesses in St. Lawrence County are being showcased today at the 2004 Spring Expo at SUNY Potsdam. The show is separated into nine categories, including Tastes of the North Country, North Country Talent and Small Businesses, Big Impact. The public is invited to visit the 60 exhibitors expected at the expo which takes place today and tomorrow in SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall. Kathy DelGuidice organized the event.  Go to full article

Saratoga Company Interested in Kraft Plant?

A Saratoga start-up company may be interested in Kraft's cheese plant in Canton. The plant is slated to close in July, putting 60 people out of work. But as David Sommerstein reports, company officials say a lot needs to happen before the interest becomes more than casual.  Go to full article

Study: Few Smoking Waivers Being Issued

An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and restaurants that claim they are losing business from the anti-smoking law. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Big Tupper to Reopen with Ski Resort & Condos

A consortium of businessmen based in Philadelphia has bought the Big Tupper ski area. The group also bought more than 6,000 acres around the ski hill - and plans to build a condo and second home development. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

SLC Program Teaches Entrepreneur Skills

The Small Business administration estimates that about 60% of businesses fail during their first five years of operation. From lagging capital to business owner burnout, entrepreneurs face myriad obstacles in building a successful company. A new incubator program in St. Lawrence County is giving local start-ups a chance to learn the ins and outs of growing a business before flying solo. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

More New Yorkers Lack Insurance

More Americans are going without health insurance than last year, according to new census bureau data. New York's uninsured increase was less than other states. But as David Sommerstein reports, the result is people are neglecting their health problems.  Go to full article

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