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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Teachers Take School Funding Fight Straight To North Carolina's Capitol

The months-long wave of teacher protests, which has rolled through roughly half a dozen states already, swelled and crashed on the front stoop of North Carolina's Capitol building Wednesday. Demonstrators donned red and gathered in the capital, Raleigh, to demand better pay and better school funding. And there they stayed for hours, crowding into the opening session of the Legislature and eddying in the streets outside, gathering for a massive rally nearby organized by the North Carolina...

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Plattsburgh, NY – For over two hours Thursday evening, Plattsburgh city councillors and citizens of the area debated whether the Common Council should pass a resolution calling for further diplomacy before the nation declares war against Iraq. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Poughkeepsie, NY – Gas prices are rising. In New York state, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is up more than fifty cents from a year ago. In the Hudson Valley, prices vary widely from station to station, leading to suspicions of price gouging. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Boston, MA – The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to ban a highly disputed procedure that its critics call partial-birth abortion. With a number of Democrats also backing the measure, the 64-to-33 vote was a big victory for Republicans, who narrowly control the Senate. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – NY is losing its small farms. New government figures show that the state lost a thousand small farms last year, even as the number of larger operations increased. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Stockbridge, MA – Ending nearly 3 years of administrative and court proceedings, the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services is dropping its lawsuit and has granted a six-month provisional license to the DeSisto School in Stockbridge to operate as an educational institution for troubled youth. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – The security guard who signed the complaint that led to the arrest of a man for wearing an anti-war T-shirt at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland NY has been fired. Robert Williams , who worked at the mall in the Albany suburb for almost ten years, says he is a scapegoat for the controversy. WAMC'S Brian Shields reports.

Kingston, NY – Hudson Valley breast cancer advocates are heading to Albany for their annual Advocacy Day. This year, they'll be focusing on getting funding for local support groups and passing legislation that limits the use of some pesticides. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Arts groups in New York are bracing for a tough year. The national economy is tightening traditional funding sources and Governor Pataki is proposing state cuts funding to local arts groups by 15 percent. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Author Devra Davis will speak tomorrow in Boston as part of the Toxic Actions Center's annual Toxics Conference on the links between toxics and chronic disease. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana asked Davis--a world-renowned epidemiologist--how her childhood experiences led her to write her book--a National Book Award Finalist--titled, When Smoke Ran Like Water".

Saugerties, NY – When Clearly Tech, a scented candle manufacturer, started a factory three years ago in an Empire Zone in Saugerties, Governor Pataki and local officials hailed it as a boon to economic development. Now, the factory is under new ownership - and its neighbors say the place has started to stink. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

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