Springfield, MA – There are some new efforts in Springfield, Massachusetts to improve the situation for the struggling city's homeless population. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.
Albany, NY – The need for affordable housing is on the rise in the Northeast and throughout the country. A recent study is showing that New York has not kept up-but officials in its capital city say otherwise. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has this story:
Boston, MA – The contenders for the September primary election in Berkshire County have been confirmed by the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office. The race for an open senate seat in Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire counties has drawn eight candidates. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, with more;
Albany, NY – The growing problem of obesity in the U.S. is hard to ignore. New York lawmakers are trying to attack the problem, starting with children. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports:
Plattsburgh, NY – In 2003, Governor Pataki signed a law lowering the threshold for Boating While Intoxicated. This year, the two state lawmakers who successfully moved that legislation through are now working on a proposed new law that would increase the penalties for those convicted of boating while intoxicated, or B-W-I, to match driving while intoxicated penalties. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Author Sara Gruen talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about Gruen's new novel, "Water for Elephants." The book tells the story of an elderly man in a nursing home who finds someone who truly cares for him there, while he reminisces about his years in a circus during the Great Depression. Gruen discusses the origins of the novel and the reasons elephants are so important to it.
Plattsburgh, NY – U.S. and Canadian authorities tightened their checks of traffic crossing the border following the weekend arrests of 17 Muslim Canadians in a suspected Ontario terror plot. U.S. Border Patrol officials in Washington said patrol stations along the border, especially those adjoining Ontario, are on high alert because of the arrests. But border officials in the region say a high alert is business as usual. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.