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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.

Plattsburgh, NY – The New York State Environmental Review Board approved strict new regulations Wednesday that will restrict acid rain emissions in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Great Barrington, MA – Classes were cancelled yesterday at Simon's Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington for a student organized teach-in. The day consisted of discussion groups on a variety of subjects from "Race and U.S. Foreign Policy" to "Breaking Down the Movement: An Exploration of Anti-War forces". Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana was there and files this report.

Albany, NY – New York may become the second state in the U.S. to allow stem cell research and therapeutic cloning , which the federal
government has refused to allow. The bill, which recently passed one house of the legislature, is controversial but it also has the support of a well-known actor. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Annendale on Hudson, NY – A Bard religion professor who's been active in speaking out about Islam in the Hudson Valley has been denied tenure. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Hundreds of workers who were injured on the job, or hurt during the attack of 9/11 in NYC , came to Albany to protest. They say the Pataki administration is cutting health care and workers compensation at a time when it is needed the most. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – An anti-terrorism bill was passed last month in the NYS Senate, but has yet to see movement in the Assembly. At a stop in Queensbury yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mary Donahue pressed for Assembly action, and pointed to the Adirondack Northway as an example of a potential pipeline for terror activity that could be better monitored if the bill is passed More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – While there has been protests in the U.S. and around the world against the war in Iraq, there has been a conspicuous silence among the leaders of many countries in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Stockbridge, MA – Everyday, for the last 70 years, the bells have rung on Eden Hill in Stockbridge at the Marian Fathers' National Shrine of Divine Mercy. Those bells have taken on added significance now that our country is at war and Father David Lord, rector of the National Shrine, has invited all who hear them to pray for peace and calm in the world. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Father Lord and asked him how the Marian Fathers view this war.

Plattsburgh NY – The war with Iraq is prompting some Vermont schools to reconsider school trips. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Buchanan, NY – 24 hour air patrols have resumed in the skies over New York City - and the Hudson Valley's Indian Point nuclear power plant. But plant critics say that won't be enough to protect the plant from a terrorist attack. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Americans turn to the television and radio media to get their news about what's going on in the world. Maurice Hinchey returns to the Congressional corner to talk about the media in America today. Alan asked Maurice to tell us about the consolidation of media outlets.

Monticello, Ny – Oral arguments on the lawsuit over the constitutionality of expanded gambling will be heard in New York's highest court this week. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Easthampton, MA – A Friday afternoon meeting in Easthampton, Massachusetts allowed Berkshire County environmentalists an opportunity to discuss concerns with state officials. Restructuring plans and changes in state funding procedures topped their list of questions. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Burlington, VT – Thousands of war protesters stopped traffic in downtown Burlington Saturday afternoon. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was amid the marchers.

Albany, NY – U.S. Intelligence officials believed that Saddam Hussein, and other top Iraqi officials, were in the compound in southern Baghdad that was the target of a cruise missile attack. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a former U.S. Army General for a better look at the strengths and drawbacks of military intelligence in the war with Iraq.

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Pittsfield, MA – The Romney Administration, through the Board of Higher Education, has proposed massive budget cuts at state colleges and community colleges. In the Berkshires, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts would lose about a third of its annual budget while Berkshire Community College would see one-fourth of its state appropriation slashed. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh NY – Peace activists are protesting the start of the war in Iraq. Montpelier, Burlington and Brattleboro were among the Vermont cities that saw protests Thursday. Towns across New York's North Country also saw protests. The groups plan to continue vigils and protests as long as the Bush administration continues its war in Iraq. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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Albany, NY – U.S. Intelligence officials believed that Saddam Hussein, and other top Iraqi officials, were in the compound in southern Baghdad that was the target of a cruise missile attack. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a former U.S. Army General for a better look at the strengths and drawbacks of military intelligence in the war with Iraq.

Pittsfield, MA – The Romney Administration, through the Board of Higher Education, has proposed massive budget cuts at state colleges and community colleges. In the Berkshires, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts would lose about a third of its annual budget while Berkshire Community College would see one-fourth of its state appropriation slashed. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Montpelier, VT – Vermonters on both sides of the issue are reacting to the beginning of the war on Iraq. Now that the war has officially begun, peace activists in Vermont are expanding their efforts. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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Montpelier, VT – Vermonters on both sides of the issue are reacting to the beginning of the war on Iraq. Now that the war has officially begun, peace activists in Vermont are expanding their efforts. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Rouses Point, NY – An International Peace Rally is planned Saturday evening on the bridge across Lake Champlain between NY and Vermont. Clergy, veterans and people concerned about war will meet at the bridge closest to the Canadian border. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Kingston, NY – As the near certain war with Iraq approaches, Hudson Valley military families worry about loved ones headed for the Persian Gulf region. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

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Kerhonksen, NY – Trombonist and arranger Roswell Rudd will be heating up the stage at Bard College this weekend. The avant-garde musician is no stranger to the Hudson Valley region. He's got a home in the Catskill mountains - and some history with the region's greatest contribution to the art of improvisation: comedy. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

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