Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Barring 'Political' Apparel In Polling Places

The U.S. Supreme Court, in an extremely narrow opinion, on Thursday struck down Minnesota's law that bars voters inside a polling place from wearing political badges, buttons and other insignia. The court said that while the law serves a permissible objective, the line that the state drew in interpreting the word political was so broad as to be unreasonable. The court's 7-2 vote, however, strongly upheld the notion that a polling place can be regulated by a state to protect voters in the ...

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Wildfires Blaze Across Parts Of Southwest

Wildfires continue to scorch swaths of Colorado early Thursday while new blazes have destroyed homes in Utah and burned through Wyoming, at a time when Western states are experiencing acute drought. The Colorado blaze, known as the 416 Fire, began on June 1 near the city of Durango, which is near the state's southern border with New Mexico. The National Wildfire Coordinating Group said more than 1,000 people have been dispatched and close to 2,000 homes have been evacuated. Some evacuees were...

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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.

Williamstown, MA –

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.

Rouses Point, NY – An International Peace Rally is planned Saturday evening on the bridge across Lake Champlain between NY and Vermont. Clergy, veterans and people concerned about war will meet at the bridge closest to the Canadian border. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Kingston, NY – As the near certain war with Iraq approaches, Hudson Valley military families worry about loved ones headed for the Persian Gulf region. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY –

Kerhonksen, NY – Trombonist and arranger Roswell Rudd will be heating up the stage at Bard College this weekend. The avant-garde musician is no stranger to the Hudson Valley region. He's got a home in the Catskill mountains - and some history with the region's greatest contribution to the art of improvisation: comedy. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

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