U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level

The birth rate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1978, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in 2017 – "down 2 percent from 2016 and the lowest number in 30 years," the CDC said. The general fertility rate sank to a record low of 60.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 – a 3 percent drop from...

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One Year Into The Job, 3 Big Lessons About Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Updated at 9:42 a.m. Thursday marks one year since the appointment of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller . Has any public figure in the United States ever become such a partisan lightning rod after having said so little? Mueller has achieved the unusual distinction of being both intensely reviled and deeply beloved after appearing on no TV programs and no radio call-in shows; in no newspaper interviews; and in no Snapchat stories, Facebook Live streams or Twitter threads....

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Easthampton, MA – A Friday afternoon meeting in Easthampton, Massachusetts allowed Berkshire County environmentalists an opportunity to discuss concerns with state officials. Restructuring plans and changes in state funding procedures topped their list of questions. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Burlington, VT – Thousands of war protesters stopped traffic in downtown Burlington Saturday afternoon. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was amid the marchers.

Albany, NY – U.S. Intelligence officials believed that Saddam Hussein, and other top Iraqi officials, were in the compound in southern Baghdad that was the target of a cruise missile attack. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a former U.S. Army General for a better look at the strengths and drawbacks of military intelligence in the war with Iraq.

Pittsfield, MA –

Pittsfield, MA – The Romney Administration, through the Board of Higher Education, has proposed massive budget cuts at state colleges and community colleges. In the Berkshires, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts would lose about a third of its annual budget while Berkshire Community College would see one-fourth of its state appropriation slashed. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Plattsburgh NY – Peace activists are protesting the start of the war in Iraq. Montpelier, Burlington and Brattleboro were among the Vermont cities that saw protests Thursday. Towns across New York's North Country also saw protests. The groups plan to continue vigils and protests as long as the Bush administration continues its war in Iraq. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Wappinger, NY –

Albany, NY – U.S. Intelligence officials believed that Saddam Hussein, and other top Iraqi officials, were in the compound in southern Baghdad that was the target of a cruise missile attack. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a former U.S. Army General for a better look at the strengths and drawbacks of military intelligence in the war with Iraq.

Pittsfield, MA – The Romney Administration, through the Board of Higher Education, has proposed massive budget cuts at state colleges and community colleges. In the Berkshires, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts would lose about a third of its annual budget while Berkshire Community College would see one-fourth of its state appropriation slashed. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Montpelier, VT – Vermonters on both sides of the issue are reacting to the beginning of the war on Iraq. Now that the war has officially begun, peace activists in Vermont are expanding their efforts. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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