Albany, NY – Ward defends the bullhead and we also talk about the trout population. We will also talk about wind power on this week's show - a listener has a concern over the impact turbines have on birds. There are coyote sightings in the news again - Ward will tell us what to worry about and what not to worry about. Finally, how are those bats doing?
Albany, NY – Early in her career as a young producer at BBC television in London, Allegra Stratton developed a fascination with youth culture in the Middle East. She constantly researched stories about military and political turmoil in the region, but found less information about the large young adult population in that part of the world. The numbers are impressive - about 2-thirds of the population in Mideast countries are under the age of 25.
Springfield, MA – The city of Springfield Massachusetts opened its downtown convention center to the homeless on Friday. Not for use as emergency shelter, or a soup kitchen, but as a place were people in need could find help from a variety of sources. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
Albany, NY – A new tax on cigarettes went into effect in New York State this week. Smokers in the state now pay the highest tax on cigarettes in the country. The latest increase of $1.25 means smokers are paying a total of $2.75 a pack just in taxes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has filed a bill to change the terms and conditions of the emergency 52 million dollar loan the state gave to the city of Springfield four years ago. It would extend the deadline for the city to repay the loan. It would also require reforms in the way the city is governed to try to avoid another financial crisis. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports....