Great Barrington, MA – The two-hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of a landmark court case, which in essence sparked the beginning of the end of slavery in Massachusetts, will be marked Monday. The case was heard in a Great Barrington court over two days in August of 1781. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a preview of the commemoration as well as a series of events that celebrate the rich African American history of the region;
Kingston, NY – Orange County, New York, officials want to move forward on a new emergency services center, despite the fact that bids came in far above preliminary estimates. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Julia Taylor has more.
Albany, NY – The American Medical Association is lobbying Congress to help stop cuts to the country's Medicare program-they say reductions in reimbursements are driving physicians out of practice, leaving senior citizens on the healthcare program without doctors. AMA doctors stopped in Albany Tuesday as part of a road tour to raise awareness about the effects they say Medicare cuts will have on the state's seniors. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has that story:
Pittsfield, MA – The lone supporter for a measure that would have banned dogs from all 29 public parks in Pittsfield, Massachusetts proved to be the person who introduced it. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo covered last night's lengthy meeting of the Pittsfield Parks Commission
Albany, NY – Theories about what lies beneath the Earth's surface have been a part of many human civilizations throughout history, and David Standish's new book "Hollow Earth" explores the science and literature that have developed around the idea. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Standish about the various explanations people have come up with about underground worlds.
Albany, NY – New York Governor George Pataki rededicated the Alfred E. Smith Building in downtown Albany this afternoon. The newly renovated state office building downtown will accommodate 1500 state workers. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports:
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the latest area campus to try a so-called social norms approach to reducing excessive drinking on campus. The University at Albany recently received a Federal grant to implement the same type of program. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.
Albany, NY – (Airs: 8/13 and 8/14) WAMC's Alan Chartock, Tiems Union Editor Rex Smith and WTEN Anchor Elisa Streeter discuss editorials on the Lamont/Lieberman race, doctored photos, CBS wary of FCC rules and much more.
Pittsfield, MA – Nearly four years after it began to study how best to catalogue and care for the 22,000 items in its collection, the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that will allow it to further that work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;