The Business Improvement District in Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director. Chris Russell was recently brought on board to run the downtown association of local businesses that was formed in 1998. The BID has some new downtown improvement projects. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Russell.
An annual conference that kicks off tonight is inviting men to join the stage and audience for the first time. It's the Women & Power Conference, from the Omega Women’s Leadership Center at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Carla Goldstein , co-founder of the Center, and Michael Kimmel, a leading researcher on men and masculinity.
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow the president to consider awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, a World War I hero from upstate New York.
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the bill's co-sponsor, says Friday that his measure passed unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House for a vote. If approved, the legislation goes to the president for consideration.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month recommended awarding Johnson the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.