More Than 100 Migrants Feared Dead After Raft Sinks In Rough, Icy Mediterranean Sea

The new year has barely begun but it's already been deadly for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. On Friday, a raft reportedly carrying 120 migrants, many from West Africa, sank in the rough, wintry sea. The Italian Navy spotted bodies floating near three survivors, two Sudanese and a Gambian, who are being treated for severe hypothermia and trauma at a hospital on the Italian island of Lampedusa. On Saturday, the three men told staff from the International Organization...

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Food Assistance Payments Came Early But Have To Last Until March

Sabrina Rubich shopped for milk, bananas and other basics this week at an Albertson's grocery store in Missoula, Mont., with her nine-month-old son, Kenny. When she got to the checkstand she paid for some of her groceries with money from the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—which is issuing its February payments early. Rubich is one of about 39 million people who are now spending their SNAP payments not knowing when the next one will come due to the federal government...

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Plattsburgh, NY – The Adirondack Council testified this week before the US Senate Environment and Public Works committee about the president's Clear Skies Initiative. While the Adirondack Council says the Initiative would stop acid rain by the end of the decade, other environmental groups say the cuts aren't enough to reduce harmful emissions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Lawyers for the Boston Globe and Associated Press are in court today seeking to gain access to documents allegedly detailing over a billion dollars of cost overruns on Boston's Big Dig project. Rafael Lewis is a reporter for the Globe was in court this morning and took time to speak with Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana to tell him how the case came about and where he thought it might be headed.

Albany, NY – The often emotional and sometimes bitter debate over abortion took on an even more controversial tone this week on a college campus in Albany. Abortion opponents used graphic images to try to link abortion in America with the genocides of Nazi Germany and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Albany, NY – Republican Nancy Johnson returns to the Congressional Corner today to give us an idea of what it's like to be a Representative that doesn't always vote with her party. Alan opens by asking Nancy how it feels to be a Moderate Republican in the House these days?

Albany, NY – Nancy Johnson, representing Connecticut's 5th district , joins Alan in the Congressional Corner to take a look at the details of what lead up to this war. Alan asks Nancy for her thoughts on the war in Iraq and what she hears from her constituents.

Plattsburgh, NY – Nancy Kress has written 21 books which include science fiction, young adult novels and thrillers. She's won a Hugo and 3 Nebula awards for her science fiction writing. She has also written two books on writing and is a monthly fiction columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine. Nancy Kress is an alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh and will be on campus Thursday for the college's President Speakers' Series. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Last year Richard Neal of Massachusetts won an award for his work in Congress to bring peace to Northern Ireland. He joins Alan in the Congressional Corner today to discuss Bush's recent trip to Belfast. Alan asks Richard what his thoughts are about Bush's involment in the peace process in Ireland and makes some comparisons to the peace process in Isreal.

Albany, NY – Republican John Sweeney has been named Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. This is a Homeland Security subcommittee and John and Alan discuss heading up such a committee at a time like this.

Albany, NY – With U.S. Troops in Baghdad, and the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein still unknown, a new poll shows a majority of New Yorkers approve of the way President Bush is handling the war in Iraq. But the poll also shows that New Yorkers are concerned about security at home. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Greenport, NY – The Business Council of New York State has endorsed the controversial St. Lawrence Cement plant in Greenport. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

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