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15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money. Uninterested in the typical summer jobs, 15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox, of Prescott, says he and a friend tossed around ideas for employment and decided to pool their savings to buy a hot-dog vending cart.

He's spent the last few months selling hot-dogs and sausages along Prescott's waterfront to passing boaters, tourists, and a hungry theater crowd before a show at the nearby St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Burton-Fox told Todd Moe he wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school. But even so, he says spending this summer outside socializing at the marina and selling sausages has been worth it.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytudut/5183267783/"> Wirawat Lian-udom</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Wirawat Lian-udom, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lawsuit challenges New York teacher tenure laws

NEW YORK (AP) An education advocacy group has filed a lawsuit arguing that New York's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they violate the state Constitution's guarantee of a "sound basic education" by making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against city and state education officials. The plaintiffs are 11 students whose parents belong to the New York City Parents Union.  Go to full article
Hi-Lite Airfield Services began as a highway-striping company in 1989, according to its website. Photo: <a href="http://www.hi-lite.com/en/company-information/company-history">Hi-Lite.com</a>
Hi-Lite Airfield Services began as a highway-striping company in 1989, according to its website. Photo: Hi-Lite.com

Adams company Hi-Lite will expand, create 8-10 jobs

A Jefferson County company is planning to expand with the help of a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hi-Lite Airfield Services, in Adams Center, plans to create between eight and 10 new jobs, according to a news release from Congressman Bill Owens' office.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Data mixed on whether minimum wage hike costs jobs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) With Vermont lawmakers eyeing proposals to raise the state's minimum wage, complaints are coming from some quarters that doing so will cause unemployment to climb.

But the data don't always bear that out. Vermont's minimum wage is $1.48 higher than the federal one, but the state's unemployment rate in December was sixth-tenths of a point lower than the national rate.  Go to full article
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand responds to reporters' questions after giving her pitch for paid family and medical leave at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand responds to reporters' questions after giving her pitch for paid family and medical leave at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation's workplace policies are out of date and don't reflect increasing women's employment - and their roles as family caregivers. Gillibrand was in Watertown yesterday to make the case for paid family and medical leave.  Go to full article
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County

Novelis to spend $120 million on Oswego County plant

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) The world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry is expanding again in upstate New York.

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.

The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.  Go to full article

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Actress Cynthia Nixon speaking at a rally in support of the Women's Equality Act in Albany in June 2013. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Actress Cynthia Nixon speaking at a rally in support of the Women's Equality Act in Albany in June 2013. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's Equality Act campaign restarts for 2014

A coalition of women's groups is relaunching the Women's Equality Act, which failed in the legislature earlier this year, with a new strategy that they say could help them win passage in 2014.  Go to full article

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GE offices in Schenectady, NY, where the company was founded. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87587278@N00/3581295898/">Chuck Miller</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GE offices in Schenectady, NY, where the company was founded. Photo: Chuck Miller, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE factory closure shocks the Town of Fort Edward

General Electric announced last week it plans to cease operations at their Fort Edward factory within a year. The factory currently makes electrical components and the move will eliminate 200 jobs from the small community in Washington County.

As the town braces for the impact, the Innovation Trial's Jenna Flanagan talks to some locals about what comes next, including the possibility of an extensive site cleanup.  Go to full article

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