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Clarkson workers hold second protest

Dozens of Clarkson University workers marched through downtown Potsdam on Thursday afternoon. They're protesting a contract offer from the school. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Fresh Air Fund Kids

Fresh Air kids are here. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has sent city kids out to the countryside for free vacations. David White was on hand as Canton families welcomed their contingent at the Village Park. He sent his audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say More Budget Talks Needed

The legislature and some interest groups say the state budget is not done, even though Governor Pataki has declared the process over for the year. Legislative leaders and groups advocating for the environment and the poor are pushing for more negotiations. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Drum Housing Results Slow in Coming

The Fort Drum population explosion, and the resulting housing crunch in Jefferson County, has been a top issue in the region for more than a year. Governor Pataki visited Watertown twice last summer with millions of dollars in grant money. Last week, a housing forum attracted both New York Senators, Congressman John McHugh, military leaders, and a host of state and local representatives. Still, the region has struggled to build new homes, as it faces an expected shortfall of 2000 units. 245 new single homes were built last year. But out of several proposed large-scale subdivisions, only one has broken ground. David Sommerstein spoke with Scott Gray, a Jefferson County legislator serving Watertown. He says obstacles like infrastructure and high construction costs have slowed plans. But he says last week's forum tackled the biggest problem - convincing investors that Fort Drum is actually here to stay.  Go to full article

State Boosts Heat Aid by $100 Million

On Sunday, Governor Pataki approved a $100 million boost to state funding for home heating assistance. The money will go to help low-income families offset high fuel oil prices. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Pataki: Millions More for Housing

Governor Pataki was in Watertown Monday. He announced $9 million in grants to spur on housing construction near Fort Drum. The funding is on top of another $7 million Pataki delivered just four months ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wright Looks to Alternative Bus Service

State officials say they've made significant progress toward finding an alternative to Greyhound's bus service between Syracuse and the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Greyhound Cuts North Country Service

Greyhound Bus Lines will cut its service from Syracuse to North Country communities this winter. Beginning February 23, buses will no longer run to Watertown, Gouverneur, Canton, Potsdam, and Massena, including stops at Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Greyhound Retiree Remembers the Buses

Greyhound's decision took many by surprise. Betty Knight was waiting for the bus in Canton yesterday. Knight worked at the Greyhound office for 20 years when it was at the St. Lawrence Inn. She spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Schumer Calls for Drum Housing Summit

Senator Chuck Schumer wants North Country leaders to get together to deal with the housing crunch around Fort Drum. On Monday, the Democrat called for a Fort Drum Housing Summit to address the issue. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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