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9:55 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Susan Arbetter's interview with the author of Big Box Swindle

Albany, NY – In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America. In her revealing new book, Big Box Swindle, Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement.

Susan Arbetter began her conversation with Stacy Mitchell by asking her why people who say they hate Wal-Mart still shop there.

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WAMC New York News
9:37 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Flood aid pouring in

Albany, NY – President Bush has authorized Federal disaster aid for eight Upstate New York counties affected by flooding in November. Local officials welcome the public assistance aid all of the counties suffered major damages from June's flooding as well. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has details:

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WAMC New York News
3:17 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Adirondack Council Report Criticizes APA Enforcement Record

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Council has released its third report on the Adirondack Park Agency's enforcement record, and it doesn't paint a pretty picture. The environmental organization says the park's zoning agency is backlogged and sweeping unresolved cases under the rug. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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12:18 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Word For The Wise #3133

Albany, NY – Word For The Wise #3133--12/13/06: Rue the day, rue the herb

WAMC New England News
11:58 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Small Video Stores Taking on Blockbuster with Suit

Amherst, ma – Some local video stores in Western Massachusetts are fighting their much bigger competition with a new lawsuit. Pioneer valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

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WAMC New York News
11:51 am
Tue December 12, 2006

City Officials Perturbed by Hospital Bill

Plattsburgh, NY – For years, the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh has provided ambulance services to the city without charge. City leaders in Plattsburgh, New York are upset over a bill that has been set to them by the local medical center saying the service will no longer be provided without charge. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New England News
11:45 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Adams gets official go-ahead to develop Greylock Glen

Adams, MA – In Massachusetts, state environmental officials and Adams town officials have taken what is considered the first significant step toward development of a portion of the Greylock Glen. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the latest on the proposed $44 million project;

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WAMC New England News
8:39 am
Tue December 12, 2006

HRI hosts PCB treatment alternatives symposium

Pittsfield, MA – The Housatonic River Initiative hosted a day-long symposium on PCB destructive technologies in Pittsfield, Massachusetts late last month. The environmental advocacy group is urging state and federal regulators as well as General Electric to use PCB destructive technologies in the city where there is an on-going PCB clean-up. But, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of this means of PCB treatment;

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WAMC New York News
6:04 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Maximum sentence for Porco

Albany, NY – Christopher Porco, convicted of killing his father and maiming his mother in a brutal axe attack in their suburban Albany home, has been sentenced to consecutive sentences that add up to fifty years to life in prison. The case has capitvated the Capital Region for two years. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein was at the sentencing in Albany County Court:

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WAMC New York News
5:33 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Ski center to re-open

Kingston, NY – A ski park in Orange County, New York, is slated to open in January after being shuttered for a season. WAMC's Julia Taylor reports.

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