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WAMC New York News
12:29 pm
Thu July 15, 2004

Ministers, Attorney Revel in Decision to Drop Charges

New Paltz, NY – On a day when U.S. Senate members prevented passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, two New York ministers celebrated a legal victory. The two Unitarian Universalist ministers that were cleared Tuesday of criminal charges for marrying same-sex couples without a license, say their win will carry over into discrimination battles across the nation. Meanwhile, their attorney had stern words for district attorney in the case. WAMC's Allison Dunne has this report.

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WAMC New York News
11:11 am
Thu July 15, 2004

Pataki Announces State Grants for Hudson River

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki came to the Corning Preserve along the Hudson River in Albany Thursday to announce more than 3-million
dollars in state grants for Hudson River clean up work and historic, recreation and open space projects. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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WAMC New York News
4:51 pm
Wed July 14, 2004

Bears Making More Appearances in Western Mass.

Northampton, MA – As the black bear population continues to increase in the eastern United States -- and people move deeper into the woods to build houses -- the number of human-bear interactions has steadily risen. State officials in Massachusetts are helping residents in the western part of the state figure out how to coexist with the animals. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
2:21 pm
Wed July 14, 2004

VT Town Pursues Secession

Killington, VT – Town officials from Killington, Vermont were in Concord, New Hampshire Tuesday for a meeting with Governor Craig Benson. The town is unhappy with Vermont's tax structure and wants to secede from the Green Mountain State and join New Hampshire. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley...

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WAMC New York News
3:38 pm
Tue July 13, 2004

Mass. Says Limiting Gay Marriage Helps Other States

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts judge will hear arguments this afternoon on a lawsuit filed by eight out-of-state gay couples, who want to an injunction against a law that prevents same sex couples from other states from getting married in Massachusetts. The couples say the law is discriminatory...but the state of Massachusetts says the law is helping prevent a national backlash against gay marriage. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.

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WAMC New York News
1:27 pm
Tue July 13, 2004

Operation Impact Comes To Albany

Albany, NY – A combined law enforcement effort using local, state, county and federal agencies is underway in Albany. Operation Impact has been undercover for two months but on Tuesday Governor George Pataki joined local offcials to officially make the public announcement. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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WAMC New York News
1:41 pm
Mon July 12, 2004

Senators, Scientists Want Info on FDA Plan B Ruling

Kingston, NY – Some senators, along with scientists, are questioning the decision by top FDA officials to prevent a morning-after pill from being sold over-the-counter. They say the decision to overrule advisory panels and staff is unusual, and could point to political, rather than scientific, motivation. Eight senators have requested a meeting with FDA officials to hear their rationale for the decision. WAMC's Allison Dunne filed this report.

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WAMC New York News
12:35 pm
Mon July 12, 2004

Ground Breaking for New Adirondack Museum

Tupper Lake, NY – New York State's Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental US. It is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Great Smokey Mountains and Grand Canyon National Parks combined! There are cultural and arts museums, and interpretive centers within the park. But there has not been a place to highlight the nature and environment of the Adirondack region. That will soon change. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC New York News
11:43 am
Mon July 12, 2004

Romney Offers New Plan for Potential Kerry Replacement

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is in his home state today for a series of campaign events. As he's campaigning, Massachusetts legislators and Governor Mitt Romney continue their back and forth over what would happen with Kerry's Senate seat if he wins the presidential race in November. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.

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WAMC New York News
2:39 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Sanders' Efforts to Protect Book Readers Fails

Washington, DC – The US House voted Thursday on a plan that would keep the federal government from using the Patriot Act to demand book store and library records. But the proposal, offered by Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders, failed when House leadership kept voting open past the scheduled time. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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