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WAMC New England News
11:55 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Springfield Diocese Studying Efficiency

Great Barrington, MA – In anticipation of a one-third decrease in the number of priests it employs the Catholic Diocese of Springfield - which serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties - is commissioning a study of its parishes.
WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Father John Bonzagni about the diocese's plans for increasing its efficiency.

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WAMC New York News
11:49 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Plattsburgh's Mayor Indicates State of City

Plattsburgh, NY – Plattsburgh, New York's mayor gave his state of the city address to area businesspeople Wednesday. While homeowners are seeing a substantial hike in taxes, the mayor says there are positive opportunities for economic development. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New York News
10:57 am
Thu February 16, 2006

No more sting, no more buzz

Troy, NY – Breakthroughs in nanotechnology research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, are attracting international attention with the possibility of a wide range of real world applications. More from WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein.

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WAMC New England News
5:01 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Some Marijuana Possession

Boston, MA – A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is making its way though the Massachusetts state house.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

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WAMC New York News
4:51 am
Thu February 16, 2006

EPA Sued By NYS Over Lack of FOIA Response

Albany, NY – New York State has filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The state attorney general says the action is being taken because the federal agency has refused to provide information repeatedly, and legally requested by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New England News
4:41 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Another New Home

Pittsfield, MA – The Barrington Stage Company will soon be settling into its new home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where it will host a number of full-scale musicals and plays.
But the company is also known for staging lesser-known productions and works-in-progress on its Stage II, which was without a home until very recently.

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WAMC New England News
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Wal-Mart Forced to Carry Morning After Pill in Mass.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts regulatory board has required Wal-Mart to stock the Morning After Pill in its stores in the state. Details from our Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Dan Bobkoff:

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The Roundtable
1:21 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Clarence Fanto's Interview with Joshua Bell - 2/16

Albany, NY – Classical superstar violinist Joshua Bell, who's a special favorite with younger audiences, is paying a rare visit to the Hudson Valley this weekend. He's performing at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie on Saturday evening at 8. With pianist Jeremy Denk, Bell will play works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, and Prokofiev. WAMC's Clarence Fanto talked with Bell recently about his career, which began when he was 14, and about his upcoming concert program.

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The Roundtable
1:14 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Roundtable Conversation about Racial Profiling - 2/16

Albany, NY – In October, the Millions More March bought leaders from communities across the country together to talk about Unity, Spiritual Values, Education, and Economic Development
in communities of color.

Over the past few months we have followed how participants from our region are taking the issues raised at this event to the next level.

Today's conversation examined racial profiling in the Capital District. The conversation included:

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WAMC New York News
12:20 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Flood Bill Passed

Milford, NY – The New York State Senate has passed a new flood control bill, following last week's hearing in Schenectady to address dam maintenance. Meanwhile, there's continuing pressure from lawmakers on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to tighten up the way it maintains its dams and reservoirs in the Catskills.
WAMC'S Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Deborah Runcie has more.

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