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WAMC New York News
1:29 pm
Tue June 8, 2004

Judge Bans Mayor from Wedding Unlicensed Couples

Kingston, NY – A State Supreme Court judge has permanently banned New Paltz Mayor Jason West from marrying couples without a valid marriage license. In his decision, the judge says the mayor has neither the right nor the obligation to disobey a law he believes is unconstitutional. Attorneys who filed the suit against West say they will now file another one to have West removed from office. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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WAMC New York News
10:37 am
Tue June 8, 2004

Schenectady Cuts Jobs To Reduce Debt

Albany, NY – Faced with a 10 million-dollar deficit and the lowest credit rating of any town or city in New York State, the City of Schenectady has announced an agreement with Schenectady County that will save the city millions of dollars, but will cut 40 jobs from the city payroll. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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WAMC New York News
10:25 am
Tue June 8, 2004

Western Mass. Trouble Spots for MCAS

Springfield, MA – High schools are graduating this time of year. But in order to graduate in Massachusetts, students first have to pass the MCAS test or they can't get a diploma. While passing rates are high and climbing throughout the state, there are several districts still pulling the average down. In Western Massachusetts, Springfield and Holyoke students are failing the exam at much higher rates than their peers in other parts of the state. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.

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WAMC New York News
3:17 pm
Mon June 7, 2004

Discussing Concepts to Enhance Dairy Pricing

Brattleboro, VT – A panel discussion with dairy industry experts was held during the recent Strolling of the Heifers festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. Panelists discussed options that would keep prices to dairy farmers stable, including developing a New England "brand" of milk. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
12:45 pm
Mon June 7, 2004

EPA Sets Quality of Life Standards for PCB Cleanup

Hudson Falls, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency has come out with so-called quality-of-life standards for the PCB cleanup project in and along the Upper Hudson River. These benchmarks are the agency's first for a superfund project, and must be incorporated into General Electric's design plans for the dredging. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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WAMC New York News
10:29 am
Mon June 7, 2004

Reagan Remembered

Albany, NY – Former President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday, will be laid to rest Friday after a state funeral in Washington D.C. . Reagans political style and legacy are being considered by his supporters and opponents. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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WAMC New York News
1:13 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

EPA Gives Annual Tour of Housatonic

Pittsfield, MA – This week in Pittsfield, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency gave a tour of the work being done in and along the Housatonic River to remove PCBs. The agency is in the process of deciding how much more of the river will be cleaned south of Pittsfield. On the tour were mostly members of environmental and citizen groups, who are pushing for the river to be cleaned all the way to Long Island Sound. Kelly Wilkinson has this report.

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WAMC New York News
12:35 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

Constitutional Amendment Needed to Acquire Water

Plattsburgh, NY – Drilling wells is a often a cheaper, cleaner and less invasive method of getting municipal water. But in the Adirondack Park there's a problem - drilling could violate the "Forever Wild" clause of the New York State constitution. The Adirondack Council wants state legislators to begin work on a state constitutional amendment that would allow towns in the Adirondacks to tap into underground water sources. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
11:26 am
Fri June 4, 2004

Sen.Clinton Backs Military Health Measure

Kingston, NY – Democratic New York Senator Hillary Clinton is part of a bi-partisan effort to allow National Guard and Reserve members access to a defense department health-insurance program. She says there is much opposition from the Bush Administration. Clinton and National Guard officials say such insurance would be a useful tool to bolster recruiting and retention efforts. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.

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WAMC New York News
1:36 pm
Thu June 3, 2004

Study Shows Communities Don't Use Internet Advantageously

Plattsburgh, NY – A new study indicates many Adirondack communities are not taking advantage of the Internet. As a result, they may be losing out on economic development opportunities. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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