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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...

Sep 1, 2014 — All summer long, kids from a gritty neighborhood in Providence, R.I., have been escaping to a golf course and driving range carved out of a vacant lot. At Button Hole, a new generation is learning golf for a dollar a game.
Sep 1, 2014 — Thousands of employees lost their casino jobs with the closure of the Showboat and Revel casinos in Atlantic City. This is the latest development in a painful transition for Atlantic City, which faces greater competition for gamblers from neighboring states.
Sep 1, 2014 — Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.


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McKibben: New York state should get out of the oil business

Oil tanker trains have become a major issue in the North Country. Now, Vermont-based environmental activist Bill McKibben, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, is urging New York state to get out of the oil business altogether.

McKibben, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont and founder of, wants the state Comptroller's office to stop investing state pension funds in companies and corporations involved in oil and other carbon-polluting industries.

McKibben appeared last week on the public radio program Capital Pressroom, speaking with Susan Arbetter.  Go to full article
David Acker, CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Martha Foley

Coming now: the future of health care in the North Country

In December, New York's health department commissioned a thorough assessment of the North Country's health care system.

The report in April had lots of bad news: there are too many hospital and nursing home beds, but not enough preventive and primary care capacity. And there are serious access issues with facilities scattered over a vast geography.

Hospitals have chronic difficulty recruiting all types of practitioners, particularly doctors. Finances are bad: 13 of 16 hospitals are in the red. There's lots of debt and lack of access to capital is a serious problem.

When North Country Public Radio spoke with David Acker, the CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, New York, over a year ago, he ticked off those same problems and said hospitals would soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York creates $40M energy technology contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities to keep the lights on during power failures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which would award funding to companies or utilities that suggest the best ways to create so-called "microgrids." Microgrids are small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity.  Go to full article
from left, are Anthony Collins, president, Clarkson University; Judge Eugene Nicandri, NYPA trustee; Dekalb Town Supervisor John Frary, St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill, Assemblywoman Addie Russell; Stephen Hunt, North Country Regional Director, ESD, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO; David Lucht, Corning's Canton plant manager; Curt Weinstein, vice president and GM, Advanced Optics, Corning Specialty Materials; Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Senator Patty Ritchie; Patrick Kelly, CEO, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency; and Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley. Photo: New York Power Authority

Corning celebrates expansion, 40 new jobs in Canton

State and local leaders dug shovels into dirt last week to celebrate the expansion of the Corning plant in Canton. Corning is investing $21 million and creating 40 new jobs.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Saranac Lake residents divided over hotel development

Public opinion is still split over a controversial hotel project proposed for the Village of Saranac Lake. Lake Flower Lodging wants to build a 93-room, four-story hotel on...  Go to full article
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York.

The lawsuit filed by the village...  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office

NY fishing touted in new TV tourism ads

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's finest fishing waters from Long Island to the Thousand Islands are featured in a TV tourism ad unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend....  Go to full article

NY products featured in new vending machines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New vending machines featuring New York's homegrown products have been introduced at the State Fair and will soon be added at state-run highway rest areas...  Go to full article
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with...  Go to full article
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Support at Ft. Drum for missile site that may never be built

Fort Drum is one of four locations the military is considering for a missile defense site for the East Coast. The project could bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Watertown...  Go to full article

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