Poughkeepsie, NY – America's Environmental Flagship has sailed for thirty-five years. It's primary founder -folk singer and musician Pete Seeger- was instrumental in launching the Clean Water Act. In the first part of a two-part interview, WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director about how he decided to embark on Clearwater's renewed direction.
Boston, MA – Changes to a federal housing program take effect across the country tomorrow. The Section 8 program provides subsidies to private landlords that help pay a portion of a tenant's rent. The amount of funding for the program has been in flux, as the Bush Administration says costs need to be contained, and housing advocates say the government is shortchanging the program. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has a look at what impact the changes have locally.
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has an investigation underway into some photographs that recently surfaced of student leaders posing in front of a Klu Klux Klan drawing. The college is not treating this as an isolated incident, saying it needs to deal with larger issues of intolerance on the campus. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – New York Governor George Pataki has signed a bill that expands the state's system for notifying the public about missing or abducted children. New Yorkers may soon be informed via e-mail. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
North Adams, MA – In Berkshire County today, officials broke ground to mark the beginning of a major hospital expansion. It's expected to make the area more attractive to businesses, in addition to keeping pace with health care demands. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – The primary election for Albany County District Attorney two weeks ago produced one of the day's more memorable results, as challenger David Soares upset incumbent Paul Clyne. Now, once again the campaign trail for Albany County D.A. has led to the courtroom. Arguments were heard in State Supreme Court this afternoon in the latest lawsuit in the district attorneys race in Albany County. WAMC's senior correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont incumbent Auditor Elizabeth Ready has been under fire for allegedly misrepresenting her educational background. Ready says the inaccuracies were a mistake and she takes full responsibility for the misinformation. Her Republican challenger says she should stop performing state audits until she provides a clear explanation. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Essex, NY – A federal judge has ruled against the New York Civil Liberties Union and declined to issue an injunction to block an Adirondack town's law restricting the display of political yard signs. Both sides acknowledge that the ruling was made because the law's time frame made an injunction moot. But the debate over the constitutionality of the provision continues. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Albany, NY – A report released today on the Rockefeller Drug Laws says the public health and poverty implications of drug sentencing are being ignored. The report also shows that the majority of those who spend jail time for drug offenses end up trapped in a cycle of spending time in and out of prison for much of their lives. The report is said to be the first of its kind in putting a human face on the issue. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.