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Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Michael Vatter pled guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining retirement benefits. His plea came Friday in federal district court in White Plains. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda Wormuth was sentenced this morning in federal court on charges of extortion and false statements. As WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the case exposed the underbelly of politics in the Saratoga County town.

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate.

The state is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordering prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

On Thursday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston scheduled a hearing for April 2.

Kosilek was named Robert when convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek.

Governor Patrick to Speak to Grads of Re-Entry Program

Jun 25, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick will address graduates of two federal court programs aimed at helping defendants and high risk ex-offenders.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Court Assisted Recovery Effort program helps defendants maintain sober, employed and law-abiding lives through closer supervision and assistance.