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Canton Eyes Agri-Business Zones

Two economic development programs to help agriculture in New York are moving forward. Facing the closure of the Kraft cheese plant this summer, the town of Canton is trying to get in early on both projects. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Scrutinized, Again

The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open another shipping season on March 25th. Observers warn letting giant freighters into the St. Lawrence too early can damage riverside ecology and homes. They also worry about the nightmare scenario of an oil spill trapped under ice. As David Sommerstein reports, the Seaway has made compromises over how it chooses an opening date, but critics still fear economics trumps the environment.  Go to full article

Power Dam Politics: When David Meets Goliath

David Sommerstein talks with Massena attorney Tom Snider about his new book, Power Dam Politics. It's Snider's take on the negotiations to relicense the New York Power Authority's massive hydropower project on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article

Clinton: Spreading the "Made in NY" Message

David Sommerstein talks with Senator Hillary Clinton about the challenges -- and promise -- of marketing New York farm products in New York City, as well as filling the vacuum to be left in the North Country when Kraft closes its cheese plant in Canton.  Go to full article

Filming the Frozen River

Filming for the short movie Frozen River wraps up tonight and tomorrow along the St. Lawrence River on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Written and directed by an award-winning New York City based filmmaker, Frozen River is about two women who are driven by poverty to smuggle aliens across the U.S.-Canada border in the dark of night. The subject matter has raised some eyebrows on the reservation. David Sommerstein visited the set and has this report.  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and parents of a former participant say drill instructors used excessive force on their middle and high school students. As David Sommerstein reports, lawmakers are calling for an external investigation.  Go to full article

Kraft Shutdown Ripples, Quietly

In Canton and around St. Lawrence County, news that Kraft's cheese plant will close in June is sinking in. Some 60 people will lose their jobs. Several hundred more jobs could feel the ripple effects. But reaction to the shutdown has been subdued. And as David Sommerstein reports, the effects on the local economy may be more subtle than expected.  Go to full article

Wise Buys Signs Tentative Deal in Tupper Lake

A North Country owned discount retail store is finalizing a deal in Tupper Lake. Wise Buys has signed a tentative lease to open in the vacant Ames building. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

NY Farms Fare Better in New Census

The hemorrhaging of farms and farmland in New York is slowing down, according to new data from the agriculture census. Large farms are growing, and a small, niche market farm is emerging as a strong force. Still, almost half of the state's farmers rely on other jobs to make ends meet. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

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