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Kingston, NY – It may be country air, but it's still not clean air. That's according to the latest air quality report from the American Lung Association. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – A hazing incident in March resulted in the death of a Plattsburgh State student. Plattsburgh city police Wednesday arrested 11 Plattsburgh State students in injunction with the incident. Police also revealed an unusual cause of death: water intoxication. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Egypt's Ambassador to the United States says the U.S. and Great Britain should turn over the rebuilding of Iraq to the U.N. or an international force as soon as possible. Ambassador Nabil Fahmy spoke at an Albany area college Tuesday evening about the Arab world after Saddam Hussein, and peace in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Buzzards Bay, MA – Nearly fifteen-thousand gallons of oil have spilled into the seas off Buzzards Bay since Sunday when a fuel-oil filled barge ruptured late Sunday. The single-hulled vessel, known as B120, was towed under Coast Guard escort this morning to port in Sandwich. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more on this story.

Plattsburgh, NY – Quebec has a new premier. Liberal Jean Charest was sworn in yesterday. Charest's staunchly federalist government follows nine years of Parti-Quebecois rule, which was highlighted by a 1995 referendum that almost removed the province from Canada. Despite the dramatic political change, most expect trade opportunities with the province to remain dynamic. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Goshen, NY – Hudson Valley farmers are facing this year's growing season with a mixture of hope and worry. They've had several years of big weather-related crop losses - and they're wishing for a change of luck in 2003. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

Boston, MA – A broad coalition of social service groups will hold a rally tomorrow on Boston Common to urge lawmakers to increase state revenues and stop massive budget cuts. A movement to raise taxes seems to be growing across the Bay State as concerned citizens see essential services being cut. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – New York State lawmakers have a tentative agreement to raise public college tuition by as much as 950-dollars a year. If approved by the full Legislature and Governor Pataki, it would be the first tuition increase for the State University of New York and the City University of New York since 1995. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Poughkeepsie, NY – Hudson Valley residents who commute to New York City face a fare hike on the train starting Thursday...and a toll increase on several bridges and tunnels a couple of weeks later. The increases come in the wake of allegations that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority may be hiding money. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Kingston, NY – Tomorrow is Sexual Assault Legislative Awareness Day in New York state. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports that victim advocates have a number of proposals on the table in the legislature.

Waltham, MA – For the second year in a row, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society, doctors are reporting an increasing dissatisfaction with working conditions in the Bay State. The report warns of a growing risk of losing significant numbers of doctors throughout the Commonwealth. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – The World Health Organization reports that SARS appears to have peaked in parts of Asia and in Canada, but the disease which has claimed more than 300 lives worldwide is still spreading in China. WAMC's Brian Shields reports on what precautions are being taken against SARS in the Albany area.

Burlington, VT – Vermont nonprofit organizations continue to feel the effects of the downturn in the economy, with many reporting fewer donations. Meanwhile, a new study has found New Englanders are the stingiest in the nation. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Burlington, VT – A growing number of Israeli military are refusing to serve in the West Bank and Gaza. An officer and member of the "Courage to Refuse" movement will be in Vermont this weekend to talk about why soldiers are balking over assignments in the Occupied Territories, despite the risk of imprisonment. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talked to Major Stav Adivi and those sponsoring his visit.

Highland, NY – Inspired by the AIDS quilt, the Safe Motherhood quilt remembers women who died in childbirth. The creator of the quilty, maternal health expert Ina May Gaskin, will be in the Hudson Valley this weekend to call attention to the maternal mortality rate. She recently spoke with WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

Albany, NY – Local and state health officials across New York are watching for symptoms of SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, a potentially deadly illness that has caused serious concern in Asia and Canada . WAMC's Brian Shields reports that so far there have been fewer than 40 suspected cases of SARS in New York, including several in the Albany area.

Stockbridge,MA – Over twenty-thousand Catholics are expected to converge on Stockbridge, Massachusetts for the Marian Fathers' annual Divine Mercy Sunday celebration. Some who won't be attending this year's event include about 500 Canadian worshipers who've been asked not to make the trip due to the fear of spreading SARS--Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has this report.

Albany, NY – Four counties in upstate New York are working together on a program that trys to convince farmers to pull up stakes and move to their neck of the woods. WAMC's Brian Shields reports on the " Come Farm With Us" program.

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the fiscal year 2004 budget yesterday on Beacon Hill. The budget cuts school aid, eliminates prescription coverage for low-income elderly, and raises fees by almost four-hundred-million dollars. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – The Clinton County Legislature's Airport Committee Wednesday revealed tentative plans for a new passenger terminal at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The plans are part of moving the current Clinton County Airport to the former base and creation of the "Plattsburgh International Airport". Plans call for a 28-thousand square foot passenger terminal, despite diminished use of the current airport. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Cold Spring, NY – Farm worker advocates are on their way through the Hudson Valley today to call for better working conditions. But some of the region's farmers say they're too squeezed by a string of bad growing seasons to afford the changes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

Albany, NY – As states face tight budgets and troubled economies, gambling becomes a more attractive revenue source. Once restricted to horse tracks and casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, legalized gambling can now be found in almost every state. Representatives of the gambling industry gathered this week near Albany for the New York Gaming Summit. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Poughkeepsie, NY – General Electric is planning to continue its legal challenge to the federal Superfund law. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Crown Point, NY – New York Governor George Pataki and Vermont Governor James Douglas met on Earth Day to reaffirm their states' commitment to protect Lake Champlain. The two governors renewed their cooperative management plan for the lake. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts is being sued by a group of pharmacies, most notably CVS and Brooks, who say the state's prescription assessment fee for all non-Medicaid drug purchases violates state and federal law. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Pittsfield & North Adams, MA – Local aid cuts are being felt in every municipality across the Bay State. Mayors in Berkshire County's two cities, Pittsfield and North Adams, are preparing for the worst as the House of Representatives prepares to release its version of the budget tomorrow. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Plattsburgh, NY – X-Men and Batman originated in the pages of comic books before making their leaps to the big screen. But you may not know that recent films such as From Hell and Road to Perdition started out in comics as well. The industry that is the foundation of those works is celebrating its medium, by giving away free comics throughout the country on May 3rd. Free Comic Book day could boost the sales of some comics, and the careers of cartoonists, including an artist from our region. Pat Bradley reports.

Albany, NY – For the second time in just over one year there has been a massive tire fire in the Albany area. The fire last week at a tire recycling facility has renewed the focus on the problem of millions of old tires in New York landfills. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Rhinebeck, NY – Tomorrow, General Electric shareholders will decide whether to make the company say how much it spent to fight the Hudson River PCB clean up. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

Plattsburgh, NY – Senator Charles Schumer spent part of the holiday weekend in Plattsburgh. On Friday, local officials took him on a tour of economic development sites where federal funding will be a key to successful completion. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was with the group.