Albany, NY – Novelist Kate Atkinson doesn't think of her newest novel "One Good Turn" as a crime thriller, but admits that it does have an awful lot of dead bodies littering its pages in this interview with Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina. Atkinson talks about the book's Edinburgh setting and the advantages of writing about your hometown. She also explores the characters that populate this darkly humorous novel.
New York, NY – In a debate with his Republican challenger, Democratic New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi called his failure to repay the state for his use of a staffer as a personal driver for his wife "an aberration" in his 35-year career in government. WAMC's Francesca Bruno reports.
Lenox, MA – Berkshire Health Systems has embarked on a Community Pain Management Project in order to better treat cronic and acute pain patients. As part of that project, the largest health care provider in Berkshire County decided to address the abuse of the types of medications often prescribed to treat those conditions. The state Department of Public Health is applauding the effort, calling it a cutting edge program. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
West Springfield, ma – It was a joyous homecoming in West Springfield today for more than 150 Soldiers from the B Company 181st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. They had served a year in Iraq. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff was at the event.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Democratic challenger in northern New York's congressional race has drafted what he hopes will be the first House bills under a Democratically-controlled Congress. His Republican opponent says the proposals either concern him or mimic bills he's already submitted. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Lake Placid, NY – A new Lake Placid conference center is drawing some debate in the Adirondack village. Many in the community are concerned that the proposed design does not blend with its surroundings. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – About 100 artists and people concerned with the arts in the Hudson Valley gathered last night to hear from the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and a panel of local arts officials about the economic potential of the arts in the region's economy. WAMC's Julia Taylor has this report.