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Montpelier, VT – Groups against the use of genetically-modified seeds have placed a full page ad in a Vermont newspaper urging legislators to "call a time out" on use of the organisms. But such a moratorium may be against the law. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Plattsburgh, NY – The US Border Patrol is defending the safety of a checkpoint on the Adirondack Northway that was the site of a bus/tractor-trailer accident this past weekend that injured more than 50 people. Questions are being raised as to whether the signs leading up to the stop were a factor in the collision. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman has been sharing her thought provoking ideas and opinions with readers for more than 25-years in her column. Her new book, Paper Trail: Common Sense in Uncommon Times, is a running commentary on the defining moments, scandals, and headline grabbing stories that continue to make us think and laugh. Ellen Goodman's "beat" has ranged from values to the women's movement to the American Family. Joe spoke with her about the what led to this book.

Shandaken, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued for public comment a draft permit for the discharge of water from the Shandaken Tunnel to the Esopus Creek. The permit seeks to address the problems with the sediment-laden water that comes from the Schoharie Reservoir. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Albany, NY – The State Assembly has passed a package of election bills to bring New York into compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Hadley, MA – Salmon raised in hatcheries around the Northeast will be tested to see if they contain unhealthy levels of chemicals. US Fish and Wildlife announced the tests this week in response to a major study that showed farmed salmon were more contaminated than their wild counterparts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Massachusetts has never recovered from the massive job loss that followed General Electric's departure from the city. But now the city has a concrete plan to create more jobs...specifically 150 jobs a year that pay at least $35,000 a year. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.

Hudson, NY – The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a petition to the United Nations on behalf of post-September Eleventh detainees. Among those detainees is a Pakistani immigrant who was living in Hudson, New York, until early 2002, when he was placed in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. In addition, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling for swift action in the immigrant's case. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Plattsburgh, NY – Although Howard Dean has dropped out of the presidential race, his supporters are still working to get out the vote for their candidate. Tonight, "North Country Folks for Dean" in Plattsburgh, New York are planning a meet-up. It's part of an effort to accumulate Dean delegates for the national convention. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Albany, NY – Louis Riel is the latest graphic novel from Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown. Brown spoke to WAMC's Alan Doane about the book and his career as a cartoonist, which officially began in 1986 -- but Brown says he always knew he wanted to draw cartoons...

Plattsburgh, NY – The openly gay mayor of Plattsburgh, New York is criticizing the national Republican party's stance against gay marriage. Republican Mayor Dan Stewart says equal marriage rights for gay couples is a civil rights issue and not a family values issue. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the mayor about his views.

Boiceville, NY – Union members were out in force yesterday to support Crossroads Ventures proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. Though the Department of Environmental Conservation's final public hearing in Ulster County's Boiceville saw most at the podium voice their opposition, union members comprised roughly half the audience. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there and filed this report.

Montpelier, VT – Environmental advocates marched and lobbied legislators in Montpelier yesterday. They talked one-on-one with Vermont legislators about the issues they want focused on during this legislative session. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – New York ranks in the bottom half of states when it comes to filling state-policy making positions with women. A university study tracked five years of how gender makes up the nation's state-level gubernatorial appointees. The study's director says New York's appointed women have some catching up to do. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.

Burlington, VT – It's expected that Howard Dean will announce the future of his presidential campaign this afternoon. Democratic party sources say Howard Dean will stop campaigning for the nomination. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.

Lenox, MA – A dispute over a proposed parish hall in Lenox Massachusetts is mirroring a national debate. At the crux of the matter - both locally and nationally - is a relatively new federal law that allows religious institutions to bypass local law. While supporters say it prevents religious discrimination, opponents say it's a direct affront to local government. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

Garrison, NY – Some environmentalists are up in arms over an EPA ruling this week, and they plan to challenge it in court. They say the nation's top environmental regulator is setting cooling technology standards for existing power plants that will allow for continued fish kills. They also say the ruling conflicts with a court of appeals decision earlier this month. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Albany, NY – Are New York's judges in compliance with state law, or are they violating a legal duty? One woman says many justices and judges across the state may not have filed, or have improperly filed, their oath of office. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Buchanan, NY – The State of New York is sponsoring an independent study to gauge what residents who live within ten miles of Indian Point know about emergency preparedness procedures. Interviewers are in the four counties near Indian Point this week to conduct the surveys. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

North Adams, MA – Northern Berkshire County is one of three places in Massachusetts chosen to study how cultural offerings affect the quality of life. North Berkshire County has some heavy hitters in the art scene, but supporters of the project hope to expand the definition of cultural.

Springfield, MA – The Springfield Diocese is facing allegations of clergy abuse that reach to all the way up the religious hierarchy to the just-retired bishop. New allegations came to light last week as the bishop announced he was retiring. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.

Montrose, NY – A New York senator and congresswoman are calling on the Veterans Affairs secretary to reject some recommendations from a recently released report that they say will hurt New York's veterans. For the Hudson Valley, the two are displeased with a plan to move some in-patient services from a Westchester VA hospital to one in Dutchess County. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Red Hook, NY – Long-stem red roses at this time of year cost too much and don't last. So says the head of a floral design shop in Dutchess County, who refuses to sell the flower for the six weeks surrounding Valentine's Day. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.

Albany, NY – AR Gurney's play LOVE LETTERS chronicles the lifelong relationship between a man and a woman solely through their correspondence. It is performed by two actors seated at a table, reading from their scripts. The latest pairing brings actors Robert Wagner -best known for Hart to Hart- and Actress and former Bond girl Jill St. John together for a Valentine's Day performance at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady tomorrow night at 8pm. Joe spoke with Wagner and St John about performing in the play.

Boston, MA – After two days of intense debate, The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention ended last night without any agreement on an amendment that would ban gay marriage. Since there was no resolution, the session adjourned at midnight last night, but it's set to continue on March 11. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

Buchanan, NY – It's about four months late, but those who live within ten miles of Indian Point are slated to receive within the next few weeks the nuclear power plant's annual emergency planning booklet. Those familiar with the delay say there was much haggling over the content. Meanwhile, opposition groups say they should have been involved in shaping the information. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Montpelier, VT – School choice advocates in Vermont are urging lawmakers to advance a proposal that would offer choice to all students. Teachers and school officials are warning legislators not to act hastily, especially since a pilot school choice program has not yet been completed. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.

Albany, NY – If you're considering purchasing a diamond engagement ring, think again. WAMC's Susan Arbetter recently spoke with gemologist Richard Wise about his new book, "Secrets of the Gem Trade" and why developing "connoisseurship" is so important. You can also find out more about Richard and his book at www.secretsofthegemtrade.com or by visiting Richard at his store, R.W. Wise in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Albany, NY – With less than three weeks before the March 2nd " Super Tuesday" primary vote, a new poll shows Massachusetts Senator John Kerry with a strong lead among New York Democrats who say they are likely to vote. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Albany, NY – A few weeks ago in the first part of our interview with Tim Feeney we talked about the nature of autism. Today, Feeney, the Director of the Wildwood Institute in Schenectady New York explains his take on the nature of autism to WAMC's Susan Arbetter. You can contact the Wildwood Institute in a variety of ways. You can call them at 518-347-1891, or online at www.wildwood.edu. The other websites Tim mentions include www.canfoundation.org; www.autism.com; and www.mindinstitute.org

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