Northampton, MA – The state of Vermont has until Friday to decide on a 500-million-dollar plan to buy a series of hydroelectric dams in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Eesha Williams reports.
Albany – A court-appointed panel has ordered Governor Pataki and the legislature to increase funds to New York City schools by $14 billion dollars over the next four years, and has given state officials 90 days to comply. WAMC Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Amherst, MA – A department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has developed the first-of-its-kind computer system for searching old handwritten documents. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Northampton, MA – The state of Kentucky last week said it will fine the company that runs a prison where a riot took place two months ago $10,000. Most of the prisoners who were involved in the uprising at the Kentucky facility are from Vermont. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – The U-S Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling upholding changes that New York State made to congressional and legislative districts following the 2000 census. Reform advocates say it emphasizes the need to create an independent commission to re-draw New York's voting districts. WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.
Albany, NY – Proposals to expand the regulation of lobbyists and whether to ban all gifts to state officials were two of several items discussed at a hearing on lobbying reform. WAMC's Capital Corresponcent Karen Dewitt reports.
Albany, NY – A new report compares how states provide and fund pre-kindergarten programs for three and four year old children. The report says that state funding of Pre-K is not keeping pace with demand. Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – A day-long conference will be held Tuesday to assess a proposal being developed by the New York State Department of Health and Office of Aging to create a so-called "point-of-entry" system for anyone seeking long-term care. Conference organizers plan to discuss how the system works in other states and what impacts the proposed system would have on providers and patients here. More from WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.