Boston, MA – With so much attention in Massachusetts being paid to the gay marriage debate, the state's economy has taken a back seat. The House will present their version of the 2005 budget in a few weeks. Which is likely to contrast with Governor Mitt Romney's proposal. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Genetic Engineering Action Group is hosting a visit by author Jeffrey Smith as part of their continuing effort to get Vermont's Legislature to restrain the use of GMO seeds in Vermont. The author claims that the bio-tech industry and the government are lying about the safety of biotech foods. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Greenport, NY – The Senate Majority Leader in Maine has written to New York Governor George Pataki with her concerns over the proposed Greenport St. Lawrence Cement plant. She is calling on the governor to deny permits for the plant if it the strictest requirements of the Clean Air Act cannot be met. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
New Paltz, NY – The two Unitarian Universalist ministers charged with marrying same-sex couples without a license have pled not guilty. As more than one hundred supporters flanked the steps of the courthouse in New Paltz, New York, the ministers' attorney expressed concern that the Ulster County District Attorney might seek to present the case to a grand jury. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Great Barrington, MA – Liquor laws are extremely complex because of how highly regulated alcohol is. In Massachusetts, it's up to local governments to grant licenses for liquor stores, bars and restaurants. Great Barrington is considering passing special legislation that would prevent any more package stores from opening. One storekeeper hoping to sell wine at his shop says the move is in response to his business. But town officials disagree. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Lake Placid, NY – The Adirondack-based Totem Peoples Preservation Project has been working with the peoples of the Burat-Mongolian region of Eastern Siberia for over ten years to help preserve their heritage and bring their unique arts to western awareness. An ensemble of musicians and throat singers are in the Adirondacks to participate in a cultural exchange and perform their music. Throat singing is a vocal art that allows a singer to simultaneously sing up to 4 vocal tones. More from Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The Nutmeg State's Rob Simmons joins Alan in the Congressional Corner with his view as a member of the Armed Services Committee on the safety of US troops in Iraq and the nuclear capability of nations. They also address the topics of gay marriage as well as the FCC indecency fines and media ownership.