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WAMC New York News
9:53 am
Fri April 30, 2004

Budget Proposal Could Change Loan Processing

Albany, NY – An item in New York's proposed budget is raising concerns over student loans. Critics say the proposal would cost students and colleges more money while creating a monopoly with the state's loan services agency. But supporters of the move say it will help efficiency and benefit students. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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4:37 pm
Thu April 29, 2004

EPA Recommends PCB Processing Sites

Fort Edward, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency is recommending three sites on which to build facilities to process PDB-laden sediment from the Hudson River. From a list of seven, the EPA eliminated two, and placed another two on a list of sites it considers suitable. Some town supervisors say they are disappointed, but not surprised. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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2:57 pm
Thu April 29, 2004

Western MA Highest Statewide Asthma, Diabetes Rates

Boston, MA – A survey out this week by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health examined health factors in different regions of the state. Western Massachusetts has the highest rates of diabetes and asthma, and residents are the second most overweight. Our Berkshire's Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.

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10:24 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Lung Association Releases Pollution Report

Albany, NY – The American Lung Association has released their annual State of the Air Report. The new study says more than half of the US population lives in areas with hazardous smog levels. The report also shows that even rural counties in the Northeast that were once thought safe from smog and fine particle pollution are now at risk. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
4:31 pm
Wed April 28, 2004

UMass SARS Drug Heads to China

Worcester, MA – Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - in partnership with other organizations - have shipped a new SARS drug to China. This comes as hundreds of Chinese have been quarentined in an effort to prevent further spread of the SARS virus that broke out again this past week. So far, Chinese officials say there have been two confirmed cases and six suspected cases in the past week. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.

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3:43 pm
Wed April 28, 2004

GMO Labeling Law Signed

Montpelier, VT – Vermont is the first state in the country to require the labeling of genetically modified seeds. The measure also defines GMO seeds, and mandates that their sales be reported annually to the state Agriculture department. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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1:03 pm
Wed April 28, 2004

AARP Lobby Day In Albany

Albany, NY – The New York State chapter of the AARP held its annual lobby day in Albany on Wednesday with a number of issues on its
legislative agenda. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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11:26 am
Wed April 28, 2004

GE Shareholders Vote No on Cleanup Costs

Albany, NY – General Electric shareholders overwhelmingly defeated a resolution today to require the company to report costs associated with the PCB contamination of the Hudson River. The proposal was sponsored by a religious group from Northern New Jersey, and had the support of the New York State comptroller. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.

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4:23 pm
Tue April 27, 2004

Colonial Theater Asks for Access to City Land

Pittsfield, MA – The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield is one of the linchpins of the downtown's revitalization. It's been identified by theater experts as having some of the best sound and turn-of-the-century architecture of any small theaters. Tonight, the representatives of the Colonial will go before the City Council to request an easement from the city for the start of their construction phase. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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3:52 pm
Tue April 27, 2004

Coalition Calls For Improved Indian Point Drill

Buchanan, NY – A coalition of civic and environmental groups that wants to see Indian Point shut down, has laid out a fifteen-point plan to ensure an upcoming emergency drill reflects realistic scenarios. Coalition leaders have written to FEMA officials with their ideas, though there is no word yet on the response. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.

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