NYS Senator Wants Anti-Overdose Drug Available OTC

Apr 30, 2015
Punching Judy/Flickr

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is asking the health commissioner to allow Narcan, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, to be sold without a prescription. Another state senator says there needs to be more training to administer the drug first.

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, has penned a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, with a request concerning Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, a drug used to counter an opioid overdose.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Responders from about 10 regional agencies spent part of Wednesday and most of today battling a brush fire as large as 189 acres in the northern Berkshires.

The annual state report on lobbying is out, and it finds that $226 million was spent on influencing government leaders, with the largest amount from education groups.

It’s not a surprise that education entities spent the most money on lobbying than any other group in 2014, just as controversy over the new Common core standards and the related standardized tests reached a peak.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield’s School Committee has approved a $59 million budget for fiscal 2016 which includes the cutting of 28 full-time positions. The committee voted 6 to 1 in favor the spending plan Wednesday.


Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karen Polito has visited more than 40 cities and towns since late January as she continues to work on improving relations between the Baker administration and the state’s municipalities.

   Polito on Thursday made stops in Agawam, Westfield, West Springfield, and Springfield where she held a private hour-long meeting with Mayor Domenic Sarno and top city officials.

A teenage troubadour from Fultonville, NY who has been wowing TV audiences around the globe every week on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform a FREE concert in Albany.

16-year-old folk-soul singer and Voice finalist Sawyer Fredericks will appear at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, MAY 6 at 8PM. Tickets for the performance are COMPLIMENTARY and will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning FRIDAY, MAY 1 AT 10AM***.  “The Voice" will be on hand to record the event. Theater officials promise "a wonderful experience for everyone."

If we say “Abbey Road,” “Pet Sounds” or “Tommy,” an iconic image comes to mind: that of an album cover. But in today’s age of streaming music and iPods, cover art associated with music is not as indelible.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 30, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

College students and community members throughout the country are coming together to organize and support relief efforts following Saturday's Nepal earthquake. The earthquake has claimed at least 5,500 lives. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks at a few of the efforts from Nepali students at colleges in New York.

(Airs 4/30/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the Working Families Party and Executive Director of Citizens Action.