U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at improving mental health care and suicide prevention resources for America’s veterans, including approximately one million veterans living in New York State.
The top state housing official in Massachusetts will host a meeting Monday to discuss emergency shelters for the homeless in Springfield.
The meeting with Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Sec Jay Ash follows complaints from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno that homeless families are being sheltered in de facto rooming houses, at state expense, concentrated in a few neighborhoods. The practice started last fall as the administration of former Gov Deval Patrick tried to reduce the number of homeless families living in motels.
Winter storm warnings have been issued for most of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island beginning Sunday night.
The National Weather Service says between 8 and 14 inches of snow could fall in eastern and central areas Sunday night into Monday, with up to 16 in the Berkshires. Southwestern Connecticut could see between 5 and 10 inches of snow and sleet.
Many places in southern New England received at least 2 feet of snow in a blizzard with high winds Tuesday and Wednesday.
The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to give lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead, a decision between two candidates may be made before Silver's resignation from the post.
Silver steps down effective Monday night. Waiting in the wings: Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who would become the first African-American speaker in New York, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens, who would be the first female speaker in state history.
The USDA has launched a new school nutrition program that greatly expands the offer of free school meals to students. The program could reach more than 8.8 million children in high poverty areas. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon about the school meals option called the Community Eligibility Program.