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VT Gov Joins IP Protest In Ticonderoga

Hundreds of New Yorkers and Vermonters turned out last night for a public hearing in Ticonderoga. They came to debate International Paper's plan to use recycled car tires as fuel at the company's mill in Ticonderoga. IP hopes to conduct a 2-week test burn to determine whether the cheaper fuel adds significant amounts of pollution to the air and water. The plan would save the company millions of dollars a year. But critics on the Vermont side of the lake say the proposed test is flawed and won't provide needed information. As Brian Mann reports, one of the protestors at last night's hearing was Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.  Go to full article

Pataki, Local Officials React to Lake Placid Company's Closing

Upstate Biotech of Lake Placid announced last week that it'll be shutting down in March, eliminating 120 jobs. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

McHugh Breaks With GOP on Close CAFTA Vote

President Bush is hailing the House's narrow approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. North Country Republican Congressman John McHugh cited regional impacts and voted against the agreement.  Go to full article

Tops Supermarket Chain Selling Some of its Stores

Tops Markets announced on Monday that it's putting 31 of its supermarkets in the Adirondacks and Eastern New York up for sale.  Go to full article

Judge Sides With Chipboard Plant in Harsh Ruling

Critics trying to stop the construction of a chipboard plant in St. Lawrence County were dealt a major blow in court last week. A State Supreme Court Judge threw out a lawsuit regarding the plant's air pollution permit. In an unusual decision, the judge also barred further lawsuits and ordered the plaintiffs to pay thousands of dollars in court costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Company Announces Layoffs

Half the workforce is being eliminated from one of Lake Placid's largest employers. Serologicals Corporation, the parent company of Upstate USA, will be cutting 23 positions outright and giving another 39 people the opportunity to relocate to facilities in California or Virginia. As Chris Knight reports, the decision is part of a reorganization at the corporate level.  Go to full article

GM Workers' High Hopes for Hybrids

General Motors has been watching its SUV sales take a turn for the worse. In their first fiscal quarter, the company lost $1.3 billion. And now GM says it'll have to cut 25,000 jobs in the next three years to stay profitable. But some GM workers hope the automaker's move toward greener vehicles will put it back in the black. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Brian Bull reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Agree on Hydropower Allocation

North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an agreement. Legislative leaders in Albany announced a bill that would keep the cheap electricity in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Alcoa Offers Jobs, Investment for Power

Alcoa made its first concrete sign that it wants to stay in Massena for the next generation of aluminum production. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Alcoa offered the New York Power Authority a jobs-for-power deal at a meeting last week in New York City. Under the proposal, Alcoa would guarantee 500 to 700 high-wage union jobs in exchange for 30 to 50 years of cheap hydroelectric power. Alcoa currently employs almost 1300 workers at its two plants in Massena. The company would also invest up to $450 million to modernize what is the oldest continuously operating smelter in the world. David Sommerstein spoke with Ernie LaBaff about the proposed contract. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union and a former Alcoa worker. LaBaff says the offer is a good starting point.  Go to full article

Four Years On, Chatham Still in Court

A Vancouver-based lumber company is finalizing the purchase of a chipboard mill in St. Lawrence County. Ainsworth Lumber will buy the plant from Chatham Forest Products. But the factory has yet to be built. A dispute over an emissions permit has tied up the project in lawsuits since 2001. Supporters say the plant would boost an ailing forest industry. But environmentalists say it would pollute North Country air more than developers are letting on. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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