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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.

Wappinger, NY –

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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Montpelier, VT – A state Senate panel today will take public testimony on the idea of Vermont adopting a 4-year term for governor. An interactive hearing is scheduled to begin at 4:30 and can be attended at 14 sites across the state More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

North Adams, MA – The Massachusetts Cultural Council has announced six winners of its 2003 Commonwealth Awards, the state's highest honors in the arts, humanities and sciences. Chosen by a committee of arts and business leaders, the recipients were drawn from a pool of 150 statewide nominations received in December 2002. One of this year's winners is a familiar name in the Northern Berkshires. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

North Adams, MA – U.S. Representative John Olver visited North Adams on Friday for a meeting of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. The discussion, normally focused on social services and local needs, turned quickly to talk of impending war. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.

Warwick, NY – A group of Hudson Valley citizens is asking New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to look into what they say may be an antitrust violation in the food industry. It's part of their effort to keep former supermarkets from becoming CVS drugstores. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – New York State's Environmental Protection Fund is supposed to be dedicated to environmental projects. For 2001-2002, the state didn't fund it at all. Now, the state is looking to borrow from it to help close the state deficit. That's upsetting environmental groups. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – The USA-Patriot Act, signed into law six weeks after the attacks of 9/11/01 gives law enforcement greater powers of investigation and search. The Albany Common Council may consider a resolution asking police to respect civil rights when pursuing cases under the Patriot Act. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Plattsburgh, NY – For over two hours Thursday evening, Plattsburgh city councillors and citizens of the area debated whether the Common Council should pass a resolution calling for further diplomacy before the nation declares war against Iraq. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Poughkeepsie, NY – Gas prices are rising. In New York state, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is up more than fifty cents from a year ago. In the Hudson Valley, prices vary widely from station to station, leading to suspicions of price gouging. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Boston, MA – The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to ban a highly disputed procedure that its critics call partial-birth abortion. With a number of Democrats also backing the measure, the 64-to-33 vote was a big victory for Republicans, who narrowly control the Senate. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – NY is losing its small farms. New government figures show that the state lost a thousand small farms last year, even as the number of larger operations increased. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Stockbridge, MA – Ending nearly 3 years of administrative and court proceedings, the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services is dropping its lawsuit and has granted a six-month provisional license to the DeSisto School in Stockbridge to operate as an educational institution for troubled youth. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – The security guard who signed the complaint that led to the arrest of a man for wearing an anti-war T-shirt at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland NY has been fired. Robert Williams , who worked at the mall in the Albany suburb for almost ten years, says he is a scapegoat for the controversy. WAMC'S Brian Shields reports.

Kingston, NY – Hudson Valley breast cancer advocates are heading to Albany for their annual Advocacy Day. This year, they'll be focusing on getting funding for local support groups and passing legislation that limits the use of some pesticides. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Arts groups in New York are bracing for a tough year. The national economy is tightening traditional funding sources and Governor Pataki is proposing state cuts funding to local arts groups by 15 percent. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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