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WAMC New York News
3:07 pm
Tue December 14, 2004

NYS Agency Call Outsourcing Draws Concern

Monticello, NY – County-level workers along with local legislators say they were surprised to learn that toll-free calls to a New York State government helpline are routed outside the country. They say the problem is twofold - that some who call for help cannot always understand those on the other end of the line, and that the jobs should stay in the state. Area legislators are looking into the matter. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.

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WAMC New York News
12:15 pm
Tue December 14, 2004

Natural Disasters in Berkshire County Priority for State

Pittsfield, MA – As with elsewhere across the country, Berkshire County is in the process of developing a plan that details what natural disaster risks exist in the area. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, Western Massachusetts is a priority area for the state.

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WAMC New York News
12:13 pm
Tue December 14, 2004

Traffic Deaths Up in Vermont

Montpelier, VT – The number of people killed on Vermont's roadways is way up compared to this time last year. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.

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WAMC New York News
12:12 pm
Tue December 14, 2004

Coalition Calls for Enhanced Environmental Funding

Albany, NY – A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Governor Pataki to enhance funding to the state's Environmental Protection Fund. The groups say funding has stagnated over the years and the Governor needs to place a renewed priority on the fund in his Executive Budget. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New York News
5:17 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Lieberman Next Possible Head of Homeland Security

Hartford, CT – With Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman's name circulating as a possible nominee to head the U-S Deparment of Homeland Security, such a scenario would allow Governor Jodi Rell to choose a fellow Republican to replace him. WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris reports.

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WAMC New York News
5:16 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Massachusetts Ethics Commission to be Reviewed

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Ethics Commission has hired an outside consultant who will review the agency from top to bottom. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
5:12 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Town Considers Tax

Killington, VT – Town officials in Killington, Vermont are considering implementing a local option tax on rooms and meals, and sales of alcoholic beverages as a means of easing the property tax burden. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New York News
2:33 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Environmentalists Condemn EPA Plan

Albany, NY – Environmentalists are criticizing a proposal from the EPA that they say would allow municipal waste facilities to dump raw sewage into the nation's waterways. In New York, environmental advocates say the state's drinking water supplies would be in trouble if the proposal were approved. And so they're calling on some elected officials to step in and prevent the plan from going through. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the story.

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WAMC New York News
2:31 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Mill to File Permit for Test Tire Burn, Enviros Against

Ticonderoga, NY – International Paper will file for a permit this week requesting permission for a test burn of tires at its Ticonderoga plant. The mill has filed for permits in the past and the project has been delayed. Each time environmentalists and others, especially in Vermont, have advocated against the experimental burn. And they still think it's a bad idea. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New York News
2:30 pm
Mon December 13, 2004

Free Clinic In Schenectady

Schenectady, NY – A clinic that provides free medical care to the un-insured and working poor in Schenectady is expanding . WAMC's Brian Shields reports on the Schenectady Free Health Clinic that is staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses and lab technicians.

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