82 Chibok Girls Reunited With Their Families After More Than 3 Years

After more than three years in captivity, 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls have been reunited with their families amid tears, laughter, music and dancing. On an emotional day in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, the young women and their parents wept as they embraced. Some groups sank to their knees, giving praise and praying. "Today I thank God, my daughter is alive," Yahi Bulata told NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton as he hugged his now 21-year-old daughter, Comfort Bulus Bulata. He said he hoped she...

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New Laws In The U.K. And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

In recent months, some Brits have expressed their distaste for European Union regulations — a frustration that helped motivate the Brexit vote last summer. But this weekend, new regulations on the tobacco industry came into force in the United Kingdom, and they go even further than what an EU directive required. The Tobacco Products Directive was revised by the EU a year ago to impose new restrictions on tobacco products in hopes of deterring smoking, especially among young people. The...

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Burlington, VT – The 3rd annual Governor's Summit on the Employment of People with Disabilities is being held in Burlington today. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there to hear the keynote speaker - 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace - talk about his experience with clinical depression.

Plattsburgh, NY – The New York State Lottery has announced record sales in the past fiscal year. Advocates for problem gamblers say the record lottery sales reflect a growing problem for compulsive players. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to a problem gambling counselor.

Albany, NY – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case that could determine the fate of affirmative action programs at colleges and universities across the country. The case is a challenge to the University of Michigan's policy of using race as a factor in admissions. A new poll suggests New Yorkers support affirmative action compared to thr rest of the nation. WAMC's Brian Shields reports

Millbrook, NY – The war on Iraq is causing jitters in many sectors of the national economy, including tourism, a big source of revenue for the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips takes a look at whether the region's travel and resort businesses are feeling the pinch.

Sharon, CT – Tri-Arts at the Sharon Playhouse will hold its annual gala benefit this Saturday night at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. The evening's performance "Comedy Tonight" will benefit the non-profit's summer youth program and features local talent and well-known television and film stars. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana provides this preview.

Kingston, NY – Two Mid-Hudson Valley residents may have Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It's the first sign of the disease in the region. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Burlington, VT – Presidential candidate and former VT Governor Howard Dean has exceeded his 1st quarter fund-raising goal by a million dollars. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

North Adams, MA – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom has killed nearly 80 people 46 in China and infected more than 2,300 worldwide and has been making news around the country, including two possible cases in Rensselaer County, New York. On Saturday, a group of students from the Mass. College of Liberal Arts in North Adams returned from a two week trip to China. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana wondered what precautions the school and local health officials are taking to monitor the health of the returnees.

Poughkeepsie, NY – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Superfund law. The decision comes as a relief to supporters of the Hudson River clean up. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – A NY state senator is introducing legislation to protect school boards from the negative impact of late state budgets. Educators say the proposal will help, but won't solve schools' financial plight from late state budgets. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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