Kingston, NY – Rape is a documented problem in United States prisons. The 2003 Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act set out guidelines for governmental control of the problem - but implementation is going slower than scheduled. To encourage lawmakers and prison officials to crack down on rape issues, advocacy group Stop Prisoner Rape released a study today that links prison rape with prisoners serving time for drug charges. WAMC's Julia Taylor reports.
Kingston, NY – The Hudson Valley is the fastest-growing region of New York State, according to U.S. Census Bureau Data that came out yesterday. That reflects a trend across the region of growing bedroom communities. WAMC's Julia Taylor has a roundup of the population data in the Northeast.
Boston, MA – More history was made in Massachusetts State Government this week . Two months after the state's first black governor, Deval Patrick, was sworn into office, a woman was picked for the first time to lead one of the chambers of the state legislature. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
Westfield, MA – A new study finds professors at the nine Massachusetts State Colleges are underpaid when compared to their peers in other states. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports....
Albany, NY – It's the first Vox Pop Gardening show of 2007! Host Susan Arbetter welcomes Larry Sombke of BeautifulEasyGardens.com, and Fred Breglia, Director of Horticulture and Operations at the Landis Arboretum.
Albany, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union believes Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar is violating First Amendment Rights by restricting media access to prisoners. Attorneys representing two of those prisoners disagree. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Pittsfield, MA – The city of Pittsfield has among the highest rates of teen pregnancy and truancy in Massachusetts. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports on the public school district's efforts to address both issues;
Albany, NY – This week on the Book Show, Gretchen talks with historian Michael Wallis about his fascinating book "Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride." Wallis sifts through the fact and fiction and explains why "the kid" has remained one of our most popular and most mythologized folk heros.