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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 have to drive to larger towns to find everyday goods from socks to Christmas lights to dish drainers. Many areas are scrambling to find other retailers to fill the gap - the so-called "big boxes" like Target or Walmart. The village of Potsdam is one such place. But in the meanwhile, it's using college students to do market research to help local stores fill the Ames niche and keep shoppers close to home. David Sommerstein reports.  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

The Post Industrial World Economy: Upside Down and Backward

Business leader, environmentalist, and author Paul Hawken is a leading proponent of natural capitalism: corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. Hawken spoke last spring at Clarkson University, as part of the college's series on sustainability. He opened his remarks with his explanation of the world economy now, calling it "upside down and backwards." The entire speech can be heard at:  Go to full article

Ames to Close All Stores

Ames Department Stores chain announced today it will close all its locations nationwide, leaving some 22,000 people without jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.

New Owners for Dark Island?

A turn-of-the-century castle and the private St. Lawrence River island it's built on may soon be opened to the public. David Sommerstein reports a group of businessmen want to make Dark Island Castle in the town of Hammond a tourist destination.  Go to full article

The American Dream in Russia's Wild Frontier

Martha Foley talks with Alexander Blakely, author of Siberia Bound. Blakely is a Minnesota-native who's written a book about using his entrepreneurial skills in post-communist Siberia.  Go to full article

Few Agreements on Final Issues in Albany

As the July 4th holiday approaches, a number of bills remain on the agenda for the New York State Assembly and Senate, but so far there are few agreements on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to giving police more tools to fight terrorism. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Would Ban State Money For Union Organizing Attempts

Business groups and not-for-profits are lashing out against a bill in the state legislature that would forbid some recipients of state money from using the funds to talk to employees about union organizing attempts. Albany correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Business Groups Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Business groups in New York are protesting an end of session agenda that they call Albany's attack on jobs. They are particularly concerned about two bills to raise the minimum wage and increase workers compensation benefits. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

PSC Studies Rural Telecommunications

A study of rural areas by the Public Service Commission will demonstrate ways to improve access to telecommunications in the North Country. State Senator Jim Wright says rural communities continue to fall behind more populated areas in technological infrastructure.  Go to full article

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