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Walmart's Potsdam Plans Draw Cheers, Jeers

The discount giant Walmart is making a major push to expand in the North Country. The company plans to build bigger stores in Massena and Watertown, and new stores in Lowville and Leray, near Fort Drum. Tuesday Walmart announced plans to build a supercenter on Route 11 in Potsdam. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is renewing an old debate in the college town.  Go to full article

With Rising Homelessness, Affordable Housing Scarce

As we've been hearing this week, homelessness in northern New York can mean many things. People stay as long as they can with relatives or several families might share a small trailer. But social workers and care providers say more and more people are literally winding up on the streets. In Franklin County, a consortium of aid groups is working to measure the number of truly homeless people. They're also working with landlords to help provide low-cost apartments. Nancy Reich is head of Comlinks, a regional housing authority based in Malone. She says even with subsidies, affordable apartments are harder than ever to find. Reich spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Hoping for Market Surge, Alcoa Rehires

Alcoa Corporation in Massena is rehiring 60 people it laid off and creating 20 new jobs. The aluminum market is rebounding slowly. But as David Sommerstein reports, it may not be fast enough to make the new jobs permanent.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh AFB
Plattsburgh AFB

Precision Jet Hopes to Build Maintenance Hub (and Jobs) at Plattsburgh AFB

A Syracuse-based company hopes to build a major aviation maintenance hub at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. On Friday, Precision Jet signed a memorandum of understanding with officials in Clinton County that brings the project one step closer to reality. But some critics say the company's reputation -- and their demands for tax relief --- raise serious questions about the deal. Brian Mann spoke with Joe LoTemplio, a reporter with the Plattsburgh Press Republican who has been following the story.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Shutdown Devastates Boonville

The southern Adirondack hamlet of Boonville is struggling to absorb news that its largest private employer is closing. Ethan Allen Interiors announced Monday it will close its furniture-making plant in Boonville in June. 260 people will lose their jobs. David Ernst is Boonville's mayor. He spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday. He says the news is devastating.  Go to full article
Activist Martha Ojeda
Activist Martha Ojeda

A Voice of the 'Outsourced'

Widespread concern over the outsourcing of jobs to other countries has put free trade agreements like NAFTA at the center of the political debate in America. One product of NAFTA has been a vast corporate industrial zone along the U.S.-Mexico border, where low wages, intense pollution, birth defects and other health problems are well-documented. The factories there are called 'maquiladoras'. David Sommerstein spoke with Martha Ojeda, a second generation maquiladora worker, who directs Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras. She is giving talks this week as a part of SUNY Potsdam's Crossing Borders festival. She describes conditions at a SONY factory she worked at in 1994, when the NAFTA agreement was signed.  Go to full article

Studies Show Jobs and Population Dropping in New York

Two recent studies by the federal government document the decline in jobs and population in the New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Survey: Empire Zones not Creating Enough Jobs

Democrats in Albany are critical of a Pataki Administration program that gives tax breaks to companies for creating jobs in New York. An audit has found that most of the companies do not follow through with the jobs that they promised. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Prison Guards Face Tough Choices

Communities in the North Country are bracing for a round of job cuts that could force more than 160 corrections officers to transfer out of the region. State prisons in Cape Vincent, Watertown, and Ogdensburg are expected to lose jobs. A minimum security facility in Saratoga County is expected to close altogether after the state budget is approved this spring. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Harcrow, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guards' union. Harcrow is on the road, talking with officers who may have to leave home to find work.  Go to full article

Declining Enrollment May Close Some Area Schools

Parents filled the high school auditorium in Saranac last night. Many were angry over a new report that could lead to the closure of two of the district's elementary schools -- in Dannemora and Cadyville. District officials say a dwindling number of students has forced them to make changes. As Brian Mann reports, schools across the North Country face sharply declining enrollments...and some painful decisions.  Go to full article

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