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Anti- and pro-war activists gathered at a peace rally at SUNY Potsdam
Anti- and pro-war activists gathered at a peace rally at SUNY Potsdam

Mixed Reactions to War in North Country

Local reactions to the start of war were mixed. Some people wore American flag shirts or hats to show their patriotism. Other joined quiet "peace circles" last night in Canton, Saranac Lake, and Watertown. David Sommerstein traveled along Route 56 in St. Lawrence County yesterday to gauge people's response to war.  Go to full article

State Eyes Native Tobacco Taxes

As cash-strapped New York trolls for new sources of revenue, some lawmakers are targeting tobacco and fuel sales on reservation land and vendors who sell to native-owned stores. Tribes are resisting the effort on sovereignty grounds. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Speaks in Canton, Massena

The U.S. ambassador to Canada emphasized cooperation between the two countries in a speech in Canton yesterday. Ambassador Paul Celucci spoke at St. Lawrence University and at the Massena Chamber of Commerce.  Go to full article

Bush's Budget Could Hurt North Country Airports

President Bush's proposed federal budget could endanger air service in the North Country. The administration's plan is to eliminate federal funding for Essential Air Service, the program that subsidizes flights to Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown. The changes would mean a drastic cut in funds to local air service.  Go to full article

Opinion: Budget Cuts Would ?Devastate? North Country Schools

A converation with Massena Superintendent Douglas Huntley, who says the Governor's proposed 1.2 billion dollar cut in public school funding would mean teacher lay-offs and higher property taxes.  Go to full article

Alcoa Reports Big Losses

Alcoa jarred Wall Street yesterday when it reported larger-than-expected losses, and widespread layoffs. Alcoa's stock fell 10 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. The company--the biggest aluminum company in the world--will cut about 8,000 jobs in 2003. The news comes just weeks after 110 workers were laid off at one of Alcoa's Massena plants. Those layoffs were part of a deal to save the local plant from a complete shutdown. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Global Competition for Alcoa Massena

Few were surprised when Alcoa Metals announced Wednesday it would lay off more than a hundred workers from its smelting plant. What did catch people off guard was how close the plant was to shutting down altogether. An emergency cost-cutting package ensures operation through 2003. But as David Sommerstein reports, even bigger challenges lie ahead.  Go to full article

Alcoa to Lay Off 110

Alcoa Primary Metals will eliminate 110 jobs at its East Smelter plant in Massena. But a new $7 million dollar power contract and a joint labor-management restructuring effort will keep the plant operating, at least for another year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Hope For Alcoa East?

State and local lawmakers are hopeful after a meeting Monday with Alcoa officials and the New York Power Authority to find ways to cut costs at Alcoa's East plant in Massena. Alcoa has told plant officials to cut $23 million from next year's budget, which could endanger the jobs of more than 125 workers. David Sommerstein talks with Ken McDonnell, mayor of the village of Massena, about the challenges the plant faces.  Go to full article

State Sues Massena Woman For Pyramid Scheme

A St. Lawrence County woman stands accused of bringing a pyramid scheme to the region and duping hundreds of women out of thousands of dollars. The State Attorney General's office filed a civil suit Thursday seeking the woman's profits. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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