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Millbrook, NY – The war on Iraq is causing jitters in many sectors of the national economy, including tourism, a big source of revenue for the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips takes a look at whether the region's travel and resort businesses are feeling the pinch.

Sharon, CT – Tri-Arts at the Sharon Playhouse will hold its annual gala benefit this Saturday night at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. The evening's performance "Comedy Tonight" will benefit the non-profit's summer youth program and features local talent and well-known television and film stars. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana provides this preview.

Kingston, NY – Two Mid-Hudson Valley residents may have Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It's the first sign of the disease in the region. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Burlington, VT – Presidential candidate and former VT Governor Howard Dean has exceeded his 1st quarter fund-raising goal by a million dollars. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

North Adams, MA – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom has killed nearly 80 people 46 in China and infected more than 2,300 worldwide and has been making news around the country, including two possible cases in Rensselaer County, New York. On Saturday, a group of students from the Mass. College of Liberal Arts in North Adams returned from a two week trip to China. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana wondered what precautions the school and local health officials are taking to monitor the health of the returnees.

Poughkeepsie, NY – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Superfund law. The decision comes as a relief to supporters of the Hudson River clean up. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – A NY state senator is introducing legislation to protect school boards from the negative impact of late state budgets. Educators say the proposal will help, but won't solve schools' financial plight from late state budgets. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Gasoline prices went up during most of the winter, and now with the war in Iraq underway, some predict that prices at the pump could go even higher. One local government in NY may call for an investigation into gasoline prices. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Albany, NY – As the Environmental Protection Agency came to the Albany area today for a public hearing on proposed changes to the federal Clean Air Act , a coalition of health and environmental groups held a rally against the changes. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Boston, MA – A meeting scheduled for Wednesday between Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and the chancellors of the 5 campuses of the University of Massachusetts will not go on as planned. The chancellors have refused to attend if U-Mass President William Bulger is not present. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.

Plattsburgh, NY – Canada's ambassador to the U-S was on the Plattsburgh State campus Monday afternoon. He discussed trade, and the relationship between the 2 countries in the wake of the war with Iraq, which Canada opposes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

New Paltz, NY – Earlier this year, Hudson Valley photojournalist Lorna Tychostup [tie-CHA-stup] traveled to Iraq to take photographs of the people there. She'll be presenting her work at a lecture Wednesday night in New Paltz. She recently sat down to talk about her experiences and her photography career with WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

New Paltz, NY – Over the weekend, the Committee to Protect Journalists alerted the world of the disappearance of two Newsday journalists and a freelance photographer from Bagdad. The Committee's executive director, former NPR foreign correspondent Ann Cooper, is on sabbatical teaching at SUNY New Paltz this semester. She recently spoke with WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips.

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.

Plattsburgh, NY – An anti-terrorism bill was passed last month in the NYS Senate, but has yet to see movement in the Assembly. At a stop in Queensbury yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mary Donahue pressed for Assembly action, and pointed to the Adirondack Northway as an example of a potential pipeline for terror activity that could be better monitored if the bill is passed More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – While there has been protests in the U.S. and around the world against the war in Iraq, there has been a conspicuous silence among the leaders of many countries in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Stockbridge, MA – Everyday, for the last 70 years, the bells have rung on Eden Hill in Stockbridge at the Marian Fathers' National Shrine of Divine Mercy. Those bells have taken on added significance now that our country is at war and Father David Lord, rector of the National Shrine, has invited all who hear them to pray for peace and calm in the world. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Father Lord and asked him how the Marian Fathers view this war.

Plattsburgh NY – The war with Iraq is prompting some Vermont schools to reconsider school trips. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Buchanan, NY – 24 hour air patrols have resumed in the skies over New York City - and the Hudson Valley's Indian Point nuclear power plant. But plant critics say that won't be enough to protect the plant from a terrorist attack. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Albany, NY – Americans turn to the television and radio media to get their news about what's going on in the world. Maurice Hinchey returns to the Congressional corner to talk about the media in America today. Alan asked Maurice to tell us about the consolidation of media outlets.

Monticello, Ny – Oral arguments on the lawsuit over the constitutionality of expanded gambling will be heard in New York's highest court this week. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

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