Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes David Grandeau, the outgoing Executive Director of the Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. Grandeau talks about losing his position as head of the lobbying commission and about the new state agency created to replace the existing lobbying commission. He also talks about Governor Spitzer's alleged misuse of state police.
Burlington, VT – The city of Burlington this week began a pilot program to help people start their own businesses. The One World Market is targeted towards helping the city's refugee population create micro-businesses. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Saugerties, NY – Five 12 and 13 year old Saugerties students pleaded guilty to conspiring to slash the throat of a classmate. Cindy Travis, the mother of the intended victim, says she wants those kids to do community service that will help them understand what victims feel.
Montpelier, VT – The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate this week announced the formation of a commission that will assess whether the state should consider same sex marriage. While the two leaders say it's the right time to assess the state of unions, opponents believe it's merely political histrionics. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Great Barrington, MA – As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the 2007 Farm Bill, four panelists tied to the issue, who spoke in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Thursday night, urged the public to get involved in that debate. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;