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2:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1271

The DREAM Act, legislation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the United States and gain resident status, has been introduced into both house of congress various times in various forms since 2001. It has yet to pass, or even be voted on in the senate. President Obama has put some aspects of the act into effect with executive orders, but there are students around the country who still hope the full act will someday become law.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from a potential "Dreamer".

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New England News
10:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Natural Resources Agency Lawyer To Head Resources Board

The top lawyer for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will  become the next chair of the Natural Resources Board.

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New England News
9:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Vermont House Moves To Ban Plastic Abrasive Microbeads

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House has endorsed a measure to ban so-called microbeads from personal-care products sold in the state.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Vermont Calls More GMO Hearings, Extends Comment Deadline

Credit Vermont Right to Know Coalition

The Vermont Attorney General's office is calling a second public hearing on the state's rules to implement the ban on genetically modified organisms.

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Breaking
7:49 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Morelle To Replace Silver As Acting Speaker

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, facing federal corruption charges, will be replaced by Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Rochester when the Assembly returns on Monday, ending more than two decades of unmatched power in the chamber. Morelle will be acting speaker ahead of the election of a new speaker on Feb. 10.

New England News
7:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Vermont Takes 2nd Look At Aid-In-Dying Law

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The first legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections.

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Capital Region News
6:36 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

CDPHP, NYOH Resolve Contract Dispute

Health insurer Capital District Physicians Health Plan and the area's largest cancer care provider New York Oncology Hematology announced Monday they've settled their differences and will continue working with each other.  The accord means cancer patients undergoing treatment plans are no longer caught in the middle.

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Hudson Valley News
6:34 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

HV Assemblyman Vows To Fight High Gas Prices In One Area

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A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley stands ready to take action against a local gas station owner if prices at a few stations near West Point aren’t lower by next month.

Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis has written to the head of the only two gas stations in the Town of Highlands in Orange County asking that he lower prices that tend to run about 30 to 40 cents higher than in surrounding areas.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Farm Bureau Discusses Legislative Priorities

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

At the same time the Assembly treads water as majority Democrats decide the future of the speakership, the New York State Farm Bureau outlined its legislative priorities for the year during a conference call this morning.

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New England News
6:03 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Travel Bans Being Lifted As Winter Storm Winds Down

North Street in Pittsfield, Mass. Tuesday morning.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island have or are lifting statewide travel bans after a storm dumped nearly 3 feet in parts of the region. Rhode Island’s expires at 8 p.m. Tuesday, will Massachusetts’ ban will be lifted at midnight.

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