Albany, NY – Ryan Knighton developed a rare disorder in his teens that slowly robbed him of his sight. Ironically, the experience caused him to get a new perspective on the world around him, allowing him the opportunity to write about it in his new book, "Cockeyed: A Memoir." Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Knighton about the unexpectedly humorous and irreverent book.
Holyoke, MA – In Massachusetts, the Holyoke Public School System is looking to assure all its students begin their education on as level a field as possible. And as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, Holyoke is offering free pre-kindergarten classes this summer to those who would likely enter kindergarten without it;
Great Barrington, MA – With the first rash of intense summer temperatures rolling in this week mosquitos, which can carry West Nile Virus, are expected to be out in full force. Public health officials in the region say there are simple precautions all residents should take to avoid mosquito bites, which can cause West Nile Virus. WAMC's Carrie Saldo has more;
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Attorney General is required to produce an annual report on how much drug companies spend to market their products to Vermont physicians, hospitals, and universities. His latest report indicates that the amount of money drug companies spend in Vermont continues to rise. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – As New York lawmakers struggle to wrap up the session, Senate Democrats are saying significant reform is seriously lacking. And according to the newest Quinnipiac University poll, they're not the only ones. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports:
Plattsburgh, NY – The mayor of Plattsburgh has appointed a commission to review the document that sets the rules for governing that northern New York city. While he says it's time to review all aspects of the city charter, others say it's simply a political move to advance a change in the city's governing structure. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts legislators have developed what they are calling a first in the nation initiative" - a cultural facilities fund that shares the burden of, often costly, capital improvements with arts organizations. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with one well known summerstock theater to put the funds' impact in perspective;