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Burlington, VT – Increasing numbers of rank-and-file Democrats say they're giving former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's presidential candidacy serious consideration. Vermont's former Governor also says the money he's raised so far shows he can win the Democratic nomination for President. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Nine-thousand teachers and education officials have gathered in New Orleans for the National Education Association's annual meeting. WAMC's Senior Correspondent, Brian Shields spoke to the president of the New York chapter of the N.E.A. about the meeting, and what lies ahead for education.

North Adams, MA – A state education oversight committee recommends North Adams Public Schools be placed on a list of underperforming districts after the panel found the administrative staff to be inadequate to the point it hinders the district's ability to implement new curriculum and make gains on MCAS scores. Local leaders call the move politically motivated. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana filed this report.

Albany, NY – The new month brings with it a new DWI law in NYS. As WAMC's Brian Shields reports, a lower blood alcohol level will bring a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has signed a $22.1 Billion budget for fiscal year 2004. The Governor also issued $201 Million worth of vetoes including a further reduction in state aid to cities and towns. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Burlington, VT – Nurses at Vermont's largest hospital are voting today and tomorrow on their first union contract. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Pittsfield, MA – A planned event at Pittsfield's Onota Park is in doubt following the city's decision to require organizers to provide for Police patrols and garbage pick-up. Rinaldo Del Gallo, a local lawyer and the event's coordinator, has sued several city officials, including Mayor Sara Hathaway and all the Parks Commissioners (among others), claiming their decision violates his group's First Amendment right to free speech. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – At their meeting this morning, the SUNY Board of Trustees raised tuition for undergraduate students. The tuition hike will be the first increase in 8 years. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Senator Hillary Clinton's book, "Living History", has reached the top of the New York Times Best-Seller List for Non-Fiction. The book has received a lot of media attention, and it has sold well, but has it changed any minds about the author? The Siena Research Institute at Siena College recently asked New Yorkers what they think of the book, and its author. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to doctor Douglas Lonnstrom, the director of the research institute about the poll results.

Plattsburgh, NY – The high heat and humidity of late has led to ozone advisories in New York State. The American Lung Association says earlier this week, several upstate monitoring stations recorded violations of the health standard for ambient ozone concentrations, especially in western NY. Health and environmental advocates say the state and federal government must take action to reduce ozone causing pollution. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – The nearly $23 Billion dollar budget proposal offered by the House of Representatives is out of balance by about $200 Million dollars according to the Administration of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and, he says, will require liberal use of his veto powers. Local Democratic representatives say, however, their budget is balanced and in the end will be upheld. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – The mayors of Plattsburgh and Burlington and the Member of Parliament from southern Quebec's St. Jean-sur-Richelieu met Wednesday afternoon to unveil their "Triangle of Excellence" website, an effort to promote and enhance economic opportunities within the geographic triangle. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – A new book may help some people start a new life. The book, being distributed for free in Albany, provides information to help men and women just released from state prisons or local jails. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Montague, MA – A loosely formed grass-roots advocacy group will hold a mock funeral procession tomorrow evening in front of the Massachusetts Statehouse to emphasize what they're calling the death of public education. Contingents from across the Commonwealth will travel to Boston in the hope of restoring funding to the state's local school districts. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – Audio Book history was made this week with the release of Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix. The audio version of the new J.K. Rowling bestseller - featuring Broadway actor Jim Dale - marks the largest initial release (575,000 copies) of an audiobook in the history of the industry. WAMC's Joe Donahue spoke with Jim Dale about the project.

Albany, NY – The first stretch of hot and humid weather this year is now upon us, and that means a greater strain on power supplies in the region. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Albany, NY – An effort is underway in New York State to get more gays and lesbians to register to vote as Republicans. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to the organizer of the campaign.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's top health care regulator wants to know more about plans by Fletcher Allen Health Care to buy a state-of-the-art MRI. The machine the hospital hopes to buy is more powerful, and more expensive, than the standard machine. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's top health care regulator wants to know more about plans by Fletcher Allen Health Care to buy a state-of-the-art MRI. The machine the hospital hopes to buy is more powerful, and more expensive, than the standard machine. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's top health care regulator wants to know more about plans by Fletcher Allen Health Care to buy a state-of-the-art MRI. The machine the hospital hopes to buy is more powerful, and more expensive, than the standard machine. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Upstate NY's largest power company, Niagara Mohawk, wants some of its gas and electric customers to put down a security deposit before service begins. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

South Burlington, VT – Howard Dean's presidential campaign introduced "Vermonters for Dean" Thursday afternoon. The group is comprised of current and former state officials and represents endorsements from over 90 currently serving elected officials. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association are using a new survey to push legislation that would mandate a minimum ratio of nurses to patients in the hospital setting. The nurses say staffing mandates will save lives while administrators fear strict guidelines will cause health care delays and may even force hospital closures. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Montpelier, VT – The latest effort to reform the way Vermont pays for schools has been signed into law. The replacement for Act 60 is a new system that taxes residential homes at rates different from businesses and other properties. And it doesn't end the debate over the state's method of funding education. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – John McCain did it...Hillary did it...now Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney hopes to join them. Newspapers in Boston and Salt Lake City are reporting that the Massachusetts Governor is close to a signing publishing deal for a new autobiography. Unlike McCain and Clinton, Romney says he has no plans to seek national office. Berkshire bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.

Plattsburgh, NY – Two bills to address invasive species in New York have moved forward in the legislature and are expected to be approved before the session ends this week. Environmentalists say the bills provide a critical first step dealing with aquatic invasives - public education. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts task force, formed in March, will meet tomorrow to begin looking at how our coastal waters are being used and to explore how the state can best regulate those uses. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – New York State will start enforcing its ban on Internet cigarette sales on Wednesday. The ban is intended to bring in millions of dollars in tax revenues lost annually. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Plattsburgh, NY – The second annual Quebec-New York Border Summit will be held Monday in Montreal. Presented by the Plattsburgh/North Country and Quebec Chambers of Commerce, it will focus on facilities and enhancements scheduled for the Champlain-Lacolle crossing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

South Hadley, MA – Still haven't made it out for that special something for Dad on Father's Day? It's O.K., Dad won't mind. According to a new study "Flowers for Mom, a Tie for Dad: Doing Gender on Mother's and Father's Day" by Nicole Gilbert. She finds that although Dad's get less and celebrate less, they are more satisfied with their day than Mom's are with theirs. Arlen Cellana asked Gilbert why she chose this topic and what she hoped to learn.

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