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Alcoa workers at a press conference in 2007 during which the company promised to maintain 1065 jobs. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Alcoa workers at a press conference in 2007 during which the company promised to maintain 1065 jobs. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Alcoa reduces Massena workforce to 750

Alcoa has reached an agreement with New York State to keep its low cost power contract and proceed with a plan to build a new modern potline at its East plant in Massena.

But in the interim, the aluminum giant will reduce its workforce to 750 jobs, below the 900 job threshold it promised three years ago.  Go to full article
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991.  Photo: Brian Mann
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991. Photo: Brian Mann

Train tanker cars that exploded in Lac Megantic "inadequate"

It's been nearly three months since an American-operated tanker train derailed and exploded in the town of Lac Megantic in eastern Quebec. The Montreal-Maine and Atlantic train was carrying a cargo of crude oil and other chemicals from oil fields in North Dakota. The massive explosions that followed killed forty-seven people.

In the weeks after the disaster, it has become clear that the clean-up and recovery effort in Lac-Megantic will be far more costly and challenging than once believed. Also, investigators in the US and Canada now acknowledge that there were deep concerns about the safety of the tanker cars used by the railroad.

Those fears first surfaced decades before this deadly accident occurred. Brian Mann has our special report.  Go to full article
Log rolling at the annual Tupper Lake event.  Photo: Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Association
Log rolling at the annual Tupper Lake event. Photo: Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Association

Tupper Lake celebrates 30 years of "Woodsmen's Days"

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days. Todd Moe talks with co-organizer Shawn Augustus about Tupper Lake's celebration of logging and the timber industry.  Go to full article
The United States Patent & Trademark Office. Photo: mason13a, CC some rights reserved
The United States Patent & Trademark Office. Photo: mason13a, CC some rights reserved

Clean tech industry could boost region's economy

New York state ranks third in the world for the number of clean energy patents issued in the third quarter of 2012. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows that the majority of the 63 patents issued during that period went to upstate inventors.  Go to full article
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail

Adirondack Attic: Clinton county's mining heritage

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy takes a close look at a mid-1800's map of Clinton County, and some of the stories of the small towns that grew up around the iron mining industry.  Go to full article
The Capital Region has become a hub of research, innovation and manufacturing for the semiconductor industry. Photo: jurvetson / via Flickr
The Capital Region has become a hub of research, innovation and manufacturing for the semiconductor industry. Photo: jurvetson / via Flickr

Chip CEOs in Saratoga

Computer chip company executives from around the globe are in Saratoga Springs this week.

As the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports, it's yet another sign of the Capital Region's growing importance in the world of advanced manufacturing.  Go to full article
Matt Foley in his hydro dam in Wadhams. Photo: Brian Mann
Matt Foley in his hydro dam in Wadhams. Photo: Brian Mann

Traditional Work, Pt. 7: Powering a modern economy with a vintage hydro dam

This week, North Country Public Radio is continuing our look at people in the North Country who do traditional work, reviving industries that have been part of this region's economy for a century or more.

Today, we revisit Brian Mann's conversation with Matt Foley. He began his career as a glass blower, but he wound up refurbishing old hydro dams in the Adirondacks.

Using antique equipment, Foley is generating power that lights homes and businesses from St. Regis Falls to Westport.  Go to full article
A Change House basket
A Change House basket

Adirondack Attic: Change House basket

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy travels to the Adirondack Museum for a closer look at a wire basket used by miners in the mid-1900's.  Go to full article
Small business groups say New York's 19th century Scaffold Law is arcane and unfair. Photo: Plains Art Museum
Small business groups say New York's 19th century Scaffold Law is arcane and unfair. Photo: Plains Art Museum

Business groups bring priorities to Albany

Small business leaders were in Albany Wednesday for their annual day of lobbying. As the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports, one of their top priorities relates to an obscure 19th century labor law dealing with scaffolding.  Go to full article
President Obama at the General Electric turbine assembly plant in Schenectady.
President Obama at the General Electric turbine assembly plant in Schenectady.

President delivers optimism at GE

President Obama touched down in upstate New York Friday for a brief visit to General Electric's energy operations in Schenectady. As the Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs reports, his visit left many in the region feeling optimistic.  Go to full article

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