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WAMC New York News
10:41 am
Tue September 21, 2004

Search Rekindles Needle Exchange Debate

Springfield, MA – The search of a Springfield, Massachusetts nonprofit turned up hundreds of syringes. Police say from what was found, it appears the group was running an unlicenced needle exchange program. As a city, Springfield has rejected the idea of making needle exchange legal. But the police discovery -- along with a high rate of HIV/AIDS -- could rekindle the debate. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.

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WAMC New York News
4:25 pm
Mon September 20, 2004

Extra State Money Doesn't Please All

Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts cities and towns will get more money from the state this year than they previously expected. That's because of an unexpected surplus which led to a supplemental spending bill signed by Governor Mitt Romney. But despite the extra money, not everyone is happy. Gripes stem from $76 million that Romney cut from the bill, and from those who would rather see the state sock the extra money away until the economy recovers fully. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
4:18 pm
Mon September 20, 2004

HV Senator Pushes to Repeal Traffic Fine Measure

Mt. Hope, NY – A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to repeal a budget measure concerning speeding ticket revenues. And Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno says the Senate will act on the repeal in November. Without the repeal, millions of dollars in traffic fines would line the pockets of New York State, rather than fill the coffers of local governments. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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WAMC New York News
4:19 pm
Fri September 17, 2004

NY State Judge: No Voiding Gay Marriages

Kingston, NY – A New York state supreme court judge has ruled that gay marriages performed in New Paltz may not be invalidated. And he indicated he is inclined to rule that elected officials in the Ulster County village be permanently barred from wedding same-sex couples without a license. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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WAMC New York News
3:16 pm
Fri September 17, 2004

SUNY Trustees Approve New Master Plan

Albany, NY – State University of New York trustees have approved the college system's 2004-to-2008 master plan. The plan is a revision of one submitted to the trustees in June. While the majority of trustees approved the proposal, at least one trustee is roundly criticizing it, and other groups also see failings in the policy. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.

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WAMC New York News
12:14 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

Report Grades NY "F" on Tuition Affordability

Albany, NY – A report released by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education says the nation is failing to provide affordable college education. New York is among a majority of states graded with an "F" for college affordability. While New York state officials are panning the report's methodology, others say it should be a red flag for higher education policy-makers. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
10:30 am
Thu September 16, 2004

Mid-Hudson People's Assembly Seeks Change

Central Valley, NY – There is a coalition in the Hudson Valley that aims to get the word out about reclaiming Democracy. The goal of a forum to be held this weekend is to show how national and international issues can affect Mid-Hudson Valley residents, and how residents can contribute to social change. Former head of the UN Iraqi Weapons Inspection Program Scott Ritter will be the keynote speaker. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview.

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WAMC New York News
3:16 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

Ulster County Weighs in On Belleayre Project

Kingston, NY – The Ulster County legislature has approved a resolution regarding the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. The measure calls on the state's environmental regulator to adjudicate all the issues brought forth at a recently concluded issues conference. And it's a measure the legislature's chairman says will be further addressed. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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WAMC New York News
10:15 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Incumbent Berkshire DA Wins Easily Over Challenger

Pittsfield, MA – In yesterday 's primary, Berkshire County voters went overwhelmingly for the incumbent District Attorney. David Capeless won by a 3-1 margin. No state legislative seats were contested in the primary, but the field of contenders narrowed for a Western Massachusetts representative to a statewide council. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
9:45 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Health Reform Proposals Put Forth

Montpelier, VT – Health care insurance discounts for low and moderate income working Vermonters are among a series of health care proposals unveiled by Vermont Governor James Douglas. While many say his reform concepts are good, there are concerns that they do not address fundamental system problems nor cost factors. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.

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