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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 17, 2014 — Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.
Apr 17, 2014 — Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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The St. Lawrence River near Waddington before it was dammed.
The St. Lawrence River near Waddington before it was dammed.

Shoe Drops on River Lands

Two years ago, the New York Power Authority got a new 50-year license to operate the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River. One condition of the license renewal was that NYPA return 1,500 acres of once-private land to local hands. Much of it will go to the villages and towns in St. Lawrence County affected by the power project. But some was to be transferred to property owners who live along the river. The state Attorney General recently ruled that's unconstitutional, and that the land should be sold at fair market value. As David Sommerstein reports, many local residents feared something like this would happen.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute Campus<br />(Source:  Trudeau Inst.)

Trudeau Institute Plans Expansion

The National Institutes of Health has awarded 3.4 million dollars to the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. The grant will match a New York state grant. In a statement, Congressman John McHugh praised NIH for supporting an "outstanding facility." Brian Mann spoke with Trudeau president Dr. Suzy Swain, who says the project will add new lab space. Trudeau Institute began as a tuberculosis cure hospital in the late 1800s and now employs 140 people, including 75 research scientists.  Go to full article

Ironworkers to Picket SLU Job

Some North Country ironworkers plan to picket during family weekend at St. Lawrence University. The local union says work to erect the steel skeleton of the new science building was given to out-of-state workers. The university says it has nothing to do with the hiring process. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Considers Fuel Price Relief

The New York State Senate returned to the capitol for a one-day session to deal with the growing energy crisis. Without the return of the Assembly, though, any bills passed...  Go to full article

Families Face Heating Oil Pinch

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says the big concern for families in the North Country is pay for heating fuel. She says the higher energy costs could have a...  Go to full article

Will Katrina Ease Lumber Trade War?

Hurricane Katrina may be able to do what years of squabbling, negotiations and trade panel rulings have failed to do--lift the duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Gas Tax Cut

The chair of the Assembly Energy Committee says it might not be a good idea to cut state gasoline taxes right now. At a hearing, Assemblyman Paul Tonko says while he's open...  Go to full article

New Ownership Delays Chatham Plant

A Vancouver-based lumber company finalized the purchase of a proposed chipboard plant in St. Lawrence County earlier this month. After years of delays due to legal...  Go to full article

McHugh Requests $900M More for Home Heating

Heating oil prices are at record highs, 54% higher than last winter. Natural Gas prices are up 135%. The money that's out there to help low income families heat their homes...  Go to full article
Turbine parts on a freighter near Clayton.

Wind Turbines New Horizon for Lewis County

The horizon on the Tug Hill Plateau has a new look. More than twenty soaring wind turbines now dot the landscape of Lewis County. Maple Ridge Wind Farms will be the largest...  Go to full article

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