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Seaway study released; charting shipping future

The U.S. and Canada released a long-delayed binational study of the St. Lawrence Seaway late yesterday. The report calls for more ship traffic within the Great Lakes and supports efforts to reduce the impact of invasive species. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh

Region plans tighter border security

Just days after a scathing Federal report found big gaps in security along the US-Canada border, a coalition of New York state, Quebec Provincial, and local officials from the North Country say they plan to step up their efforts to stop illegal traffic. New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni held a meeting yesterday in Plattsburg. As Brian Mann reports, they say better communication is the first step.  Go to full article
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)

Report: US-Canada border "dangerously vulnerable"

Investigators for the Government Accountability Office say they were able to smuggle fake contraband designed to look like a dirty atomic bomb into the United States. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. In a report released yesterday, GAO officials say they crossed easily at seven different remote rural sites, including four unidentified spots on the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, there's a growing bipartisan consensus that the Bush Administration's strategy for security on the northern border isn't working.  Go to full article

Proposed border rules spark bipartisan anger

New York's congressional delegation is leveling bi-partisan criticism at the Bush administration's plan to improve security along the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, lawmakers say a new policy could limit legitimate trade, while failing to stop illegal traffic.  Go to full article

NY lawmakers push back on passport plan

Republican Congressman John McHugh is joining with a Democratic colleague from Rochester to keep fighting a passport requirement for border crossing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Framing Latin America's Left for the North

Bush nemesis Hugo Chavez is giving free heating oil to Akwesasne, Daniel Ortega's back in Nicaragua, and Democratic control of Congress could alter free trade with Latin America. The Miami Herald's Andean region bureau chief, Steven Dudley, talks with David Sommerstein about how Latin America's trend of leftist politics could affect us in the North Country. Dudley gives a talk, entitled "Latin America's leftist tilt: how much weight will it have?" tonight at 7:30 in Kellas Hall at SUNY Potsdam.  Go to full article

Clinton, farmers critical of Canadian trade equity

Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Ambassador David Wilkins
Ambassador David Wilkins

Ambassador Says Border Rules "Work In Progress"

The US Ambassador to Canada says new rules that govern traffic across the northern border are still "a work in progress." David Wilkins spoke yesterday at SUNY Plattsburgh. Brian Mann has our story.  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

Clinton Seeks Tariffs on Milk Extracts

What do cheese, Gatorade, and non-dairy creamer have in common? The answer is they all use Milk Protein Concentrates, or MPCs. MPCs and casein, another protein, are extracted from milk, usually in powdered form.

Imports of MPCs and casein have skyrocketed in recent years. Senator Hillary Clinton says they compete with domestic dairy products. And they should be regulated with the same tariffs as raw milk.  Go to full article

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