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Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris

2014 projected to be record year for milk prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont dairy farmers were paid a record high price for their milk in April and prices remain strong, driven in part by international demand for U.S. dairy products. The extra income is allowing farmers to pay off debt, repair equipment and make other investments, following challenging years in 2012 and 2009.  Go to full article

Health care taking bigger bite out of budget in New York

According to a new report from a consumer health group, New York rates fifth worse nationally in the cost of family health coverage as compared to people's earnings. The report by Families USA also finds employers are passing more of the costs of health care on to their workers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New tourism study reveals little growth

Tourism in the North Country increased over the past three years, but not much. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center released a study today showing a 3% rise in visitors and a 3% growth in revenue in the Adirondacks. The study measured tourists' spending and its impact on jobs and wages during 2006. Ann Melious is executive director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. She says this follow-up to an identical study conducted in 2003 was meant to identify trends and opportunities for tourism-related industries, but she tells Jonathan Brown that the slight variations between the two studies don't reveal much.  Go to full article

Contract dispute remains ugly at Clarkson

Unionized workers opened a new front yesterday in their contract dispute with Clarkson University. The Civil Service Employees Union launched a website detailing their opposition to last summer's contract offer. The two sides are about $40,000 apart, or roughly the price of tuition, books, room and board for one student. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside the St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau's "A Day at the Farm" event at Jon Greenwood's dairy in Canton. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Assembly Moves to Override Pataki's Minimum Wage Veto

The New York State Assembly moved to override Governor Pataki's veto of a bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Senate will not follow the Assembly's lead this week, and its uncertain whether an override will be held in the upper house at a later date. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Could Consider Wage Increase

There's a good chance that when the New York State Senate returns this week, they'll vote to increase the State's minimum wage from the current $5.15 cents an hour to over $7 an hour. Small business and conservative groups are working overtime to make sure that that doesn't happen. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Smokers to Give Health Care Workers a Raise

Governor Pataki will soon present the legislature with a controversial plan that would use money from an increased cigarette tax and other sources to fund raises for health care workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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