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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...


Aug 28, 2014 — For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.
Aug 28, 2014 — Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.
Aug 28, 2014 — The FBI says it is working with the Secret Service to investigate the alleged swiping of account data, which it's thought might be in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Moscow.

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High court to hear CFE suit

The long running court case on school funding will once again be before the State's highest court next month. The group that brought the lawsuit, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, hopes this will be the final court action. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Baby booms and other complications: local health care challenges

The 5th Annual Rural Health Care Conference is in its second day in Chatauqua. This year, all the discussions take place in the shadow of the New York State Right Sizing Commission. The commission was formed earlier this year to take a comprehensive look at health services across the state. It's likely some hospitals will close, and some services consolidated as a result of its recommendations. Patty Bishop looks at the big picture in this region. She is director of the Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance, based in Watertown. She said local providers and agencies will have their say before the right-sizing commission makes its recommendation. But she told Gregory Warner the challenges the rural health care community faces are special, and she worries that message won't be heard clearly. And she said the North Country has particular problems because of Ft. Drum.  Go to full article

State, local partnership preserves public marina

New York state will spent $2 million preserving access to a marina in Bolton Landing. Town officials will contribute another $2.5 million. Locals had worried that the property would be redeveloped as a private residence, blocking public access to a popular section of Lake George. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Doctors learn strategies to treat Amish

Providing health care to Amish communities poses unique challenges. So unique that the subject will have its own breakout session this week at the 5th Annual Conference on...  Go to full article

Big Tupper resort proposal gets public hearing

The supporters outnumbered the critics by a wide margin last night at a public hearing in Tupper Lake on whether thousands of acres in the town should be rezoned for the...  Go to full article
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Farmers wary of more wetlands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand a program that helps farmers convert untillable acres into wetland habitat for birds. The program has already protected...  Go to full article
Eliot Spitzer meets and greets in Massena.

Spitzer rallies labor in Massena

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer revved up organized labor in Massena Friday morning as a part of a 3-day Upstate campaign swing with his running-mate David Patterson. The...  Go to full article

Adirondack housing market softens slightly

The US has seen a historic real estate boom the last decade, with home prices in some cities doubling in a single year. Here in the North Country, the Adirondacks have...  Go to full article

One year later: Mississippi community thankful for Saranac Lake's help

In Laurel, Mississippi, one year after Hurricane Katrina, the clean-up is nearly complete and most homes have been rebuilt or repaired. Laurel, located 90 miles inland from...  Go to full article

Bush to nominate new Seaway chief

President Bush will nominate a college roommate and political ally to run the St. Lawrence Seaway. The White House announced Tuesday that Collister Johnson, Jr. will be...  Go to full article

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