Albany, NY – Egypt's Ambassador to the United States says the U.S. and Great Britain should turn over the rebuilding of Iraq to the U.N. or an international force as soon as possible. Ambassador Nabil Fahmy spoke at an Albany area college Tuesday evening about the Arab world after Saddam Hussein, and peace in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Buzzards Bay, MA – Nearly fifteen-thousand gallons of oil have spilled into the seas off Buzzards Bay since Sunday when a fuel-oil filled barge ruptured late Sunday. The single-hulled vessel, known as B120, was towed under Coast Guard escort this morning to port in Sandwich. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more on this story.
Plattsburgh, NY – Quebec has a new premier. Liberal Jean Charest was sworn in yesterday. Charest's staunchly federalist government follows nine years of Parti-Quebecois rule, which was highlighted by a 1995 referendum that almost removed the province from Canada. Despite the dramatic political change, most expect trade opportunities with the province to remain dynamic. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Goshen, NY – Hudson Valley farmers are facing this year's growing season with a mixture of hope and worry. They've had several years of big weather-related crop losses - and they're wishing for a change of luck in 2003. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.
Boston, MA – A broad coalition of social service groups will hold a rally tomorrow on Boston Common to urge lawmakers to increase state revenues and stop massive budget cuts. A movement to raise taxes seems to be growing across the Bay State as concerned citizens see essential services being cut. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – New York State lawmakers have a tentative agreement to raise public college tuition by as much as 950-dollars a year. If approved by the full Legislature and Governor Pataki, it would be the first tuition increase for the State University of New York and the City University of New York since 1995. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Hudson Valley residents who commute to New York City face a fare hike on the train starting Thursday...and a toll increase on several bridges and tunnels a couple of weeks later. The increases come in the wake of allegations that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority may be hiding money. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.
Kingston, NY – Tomorrow is Sexual Assault Legislative Awareness Day in New York state. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports that victim advocates have a number of proposals on the table in the legislature.
Waltham, MA – For the second year in a row, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society, doctors are reporting an increasing dissatisfaction with working conditions in the Bay State. The report warns of a growing risk of losing significant numbers of doctors throughout the Commonwealth. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – The World Health Organization reports that SARS appears to have peaked in parts of Asia and in Canada, but the disease which has claimed more than 300 lives worldwide is still spreading in China. WAMC's Brian Shields reports on what precautions are being taken against SARS in the Albany area.