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WAMC New York News
11:47 am
Tue August 31, 2004

Endangered Big Cats Exhibit is on the Way Out

Rhinebeck, NY – With the end of the this year's Dutchess County Fair came the end of an attraction that has been at the fair for several years. A trainer with the big cats says stricter laws in New York and her home state will keep her tigers and leopards at their wildlife refuge next year. And she says a new rule changed the photo-taking this year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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WAMC New York News
9:19 am
Tue August 31, 2004

Lawsuit in Berkshire County Is First For G.E. Over P.C.B. Contamination

Pittsfield, MA – A lawsuit in Berkshire County could be the first time General Electric goes to trial over PCB contamination. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
11:42 am
Mon August 30, 2004

High heating oil prices predicted for winter

Burlington, VT – Vermonters may be in for a shock when they get their heating oil bills this winter. Adjusted for inflation, the American Petroleum Institute is predicting that prices could be the highest ever. But dealers and distributors say it may be too early to accurately determine winter pricing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
11:40 am
Fri August 27, 2004

Abortion Ruling Could Play a Political Role

Kingston, NY – A federal judge in New York has ruled the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional. The ruling came from a lawsuit brought by the National Abortion Federation on behalf of its members. Whether the ruling highlights the issue in presidential politics remains to be seen. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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WAMC New York News
9:33 am
Fri August 27, 2004

Rate of Uninsured Rises in MA, Drops in NY

Great Barrington, MA – Two surveys are out in Massachusetts that show a jump in the number of uninsured residents. Health care advocates are calling for something to be done other than just surveying the scene. Meantime, the percentage of New Yorkers without health insurance dropped. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
4:36 pm
Thu August 26, 2004

New Berkshire Magazine to Debut

Great Barrington, MA – In the Berkshires, a new glossy magazine will focus on the region's lifestyle and culture. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief reports, other areas with a branded identity have their own similar magazines.

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WAMC New York News
10:30 am
Thu August 26, 2004

NY State To Pocket Local Speeding Ticket Fines

Poughkeepsie, New York – There is a portion of the recently passed New York State budget that will take nearly $23 million dollars in speeding ticket fines from the pockets of local governments. That money will instead go to the state. Town officials say they are taken aback by the move, and are scrambling to assess how their localities would be affected. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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WAMC New York News
1:24 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Law That Slowed Growth in Western Mass. Ruled Illegal

Hadley, MA – The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a law passed in Western Massachusetts to slow development is unconstitutional. The ruling will have implications throughout the state since about 50 other towns had similar bylaws in place that are now open to attack. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.

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WAMC New York News
1:19 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Vermont Gets Low Grades on Mercury Reduction Efforts

Montpelier, VT – Several environmental groups have released a regional report card on efforts to reduce in-state sources of mercury. Once a leader in mercury reduction efforts, Vermont now receives some of the worst grades in the region. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
4:48 pm
Tue August 24, 2004

Agriculture Experts Looking for Tomato Disease

Amherst, MA – Just as tomatoes are ripening in the Northeast, a fungus is threatening to wipe out some plants. A blight has appeared in some parts of New York and some New England states, and Massachusetts agricultural representatives are keeping an eye out in Western Massachusetts. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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