Time Is Running Out To Complete NAFTA Renegotation This Year

Trade negotiators for the United States, Canada and Mexico are running out of time to complete an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement, making it likely the effort won't be completed this year. The failure to complete the deal would be a political setback for President Trump, who has repeatedly vowed to scrap NAFTA and replace it with something better. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that under timetables imposed by a 2015 law, the three countries need to complete a deal by...

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Karen DeWitt

Cynthia Nixon Not The First To Call For A Moreland Commission On Corruption

When Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon called for a state Moreland Act Commission to investigate government corruption Tuesday, she was not the first to do so. Her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also requested and created a Moreland Commission to look at potential illegal activities in state government, but he disbanded it as part of a budget deal several months later.

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Plattsburgh, NY – Some senior advocates fear a federal crackdown on companies that illegally import low-cost prescription drugs from Canada could discourage activists from advising seniors to travel north to buy medicine. Meanwhile, other activists believe the federal move is another indication that the federal government is siding with the drug companies. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – A top U.S. Army commander in Iraq admits that coalition forces did not anticipate some of the tactics employed by Saddam Hussein's forces, and that has slowed progress in the move to Baghdad. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a military affairs expert from our region about the commander's comments , and the latest developments in the war.

Montpelier VT – More than 100 people crowded into a Statehouse hearing Thursday night to discuss possible changes to Vermont's method of funding public schools. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Two of the region's Democratic Congressmen are on the banks of the Hudson River in Albany at this hour, speaking out against the Environmental Protectional Agency's changes to the Clean Air Act and delays in the Hudson River cleanup. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

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.

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