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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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation's workplace policies are out of date and don't reflect increasing women's employment - and their roles as family caregivers.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
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz

What's next for towns like Newton Falls?

This summer, a Canadian company called Scotia Investments has been auctioning off parts of the old Newton Falls paper mill in southern St. Lawrence County.

It's the latest painful chapter for a region of the North Country that has fought for years to maintain some part of its old industrial economy.

Now that the mill is being liquidated, new questions are being asked about what comes next for towns where jobs are scarce and hope is wearing thin.  Go to full article
People gathered at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for a rally and meeting with state officials earlier this year. Photo: Julie Grant
People gathered at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for a rally and meeting with state officials earlier this year. Photo: Julie Grant

Ogdensburg Psych Center to lose under state plan

This story has been updated to reflect additional reporting.
New York is out with its plan to "transform the public mental health system."(pdf) The announcement came in a press release this afternoon from the state office of Mental Health in Albany.

Local attention has been focused on how the plan would treat the psychiatric center in Ogdensburg. According to the Watertown Daily Times, children and adult services will be moved to the Utica and Syracuse area (for a more thorough description, see page 43 of the document linked above -- the Ogdensburg facility is listed under "Central New York").  Go to full article

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