U.S. Stocks Down Sharply Again After Wednesday's Rout

After the huge sell-off Wednesday, U.S. stocks fell sharply again Thursday. At one point, the Dow was down nearly 700 points. By late afternoon, it had regained some ground but closed down 546 points or a little more than 2 percent. Over the past two days, the Dow has lost 1,378 points. The S&P 500 was down 2 percent for the day. The Nasdaq lost 1.25 percent. Investors remain worried that trade tensions between the U.S. and China as well as rising interest rates will slow economic growth. The...

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Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13UoLG4assM Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET Search and rescue teams worked through the night in Florida to find people who need help, after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle as a historic Category 4 storm on Wednesday. Nearly 400,000 electricity accounts had lost power in Florida as of noon ET Thursday . Michael wrecked buildings and tore down trees in Panama City and nearby towns. The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says "thousands of...

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Albany, NY – As the Environmental Protection Agency came to the Albany area today for a public hearing on proposed changes to the federal Clean Air Act , a coalition of health and environmental groups held a rally against the changes. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Boston, MA – A meeting scheduled for Wednesday between Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and the chancellors of the 5 campuses of the University of Massachusetts will not go on as planned. The chancellors have refused to attend if U-Mass President William Bulger is not present. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Plattsburgh, NY – Canada's ambassador to the U-S was on the Plattsburgh State campus Monday afternoon. He discussed trade, and the relationship between the 2 countries in the wake of the war with Iraq, which Canada opposes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

New Paltz, NY – Earlier this year, Hudson Valley photojournalist Lorna Tychostup [tie-CHA-stup] traveled to Iraq to take photographs of the people there. She'll be presenting her work at a lecture Wednesday night in New Paltz. She recently sat down to talk about her experiences and her photography career with WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

New Paltz, NY – Over the weekend, the Committee to Protect Journalists alerted the world of the disappearance of two Newsday journalists and a freelance photographer from Bagdad. The Committee's executive director, former NPR foreign correspondent Ann Cooper, is on sabbatical teaching at SUNY New Paltz this semester. She recently spoke with WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

Plattsburgh, NY – Some senior advocates fear a federal crackdown on companies that illegally import low-cost prescription drugs from Canada could discourage activists from advising seniors to travel north to buy medicine. Meanwhile, other activists believe the federal move is another indication that the federal government is siding with the drug companies. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – A top U.S. Army commander in Iraq admits that coalition forces did not anticipate some of the tactics employed by Saddam Hussein's forces, and that has slowed progress in the move to Baghdad. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a military affairs expert from our region about the commander's comments , and the latest developments in the war.

Montpelier VT – More than 100 people crowded into a Statehouse hearing Thursday night to discuss possible changes to Vermont's method of funding public schools. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Two of the region's Democratic Congressmen are on the banks of the Hudson River in Albany at this hour, speaking out against the Environmental Protectional Agency's changes to the Clean Air Act and delays in the Hudson River cleanup. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Boston, MA – A public hearing in Gardner and a full day of debate in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will both revisit the issue of expanded gambling in the Bay State. The first forum, in Gardner on Monday, will look at all of the dozen or so bills in the legislature dealing with expanded gaming. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

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