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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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.

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