Poughkeepsie, NY – A graduate from Marist College is in Warsaw, Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he is studying changes in the Polish government since the time of communism. He says he cares very much about the outcome of the presidential election in the U.S. And he has cast his vote via absentee ballot for the candidate he says will be the best choice for working with Poland, and in the international arena. WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with the Marist grad about his Polish-American political viewpoints.
Albany, NY – A federal prosecutor has been named election officer for the eastern half of upstate New York to handle complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses in the November 2nd election. But most voter advocates expect problems in New York to be related to new state rules pertaining to identification requirements for new voters. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – There is a new twist in the race for Albany County District Attorney. In a contest that has been at times bitter and nasty - one of the major players has decided to drop out. WAMC's Joe Donahue reports.
Burlington, VT – A Superior Court Judge has refused to stop a national group from running ads promoting the re-election of Vermont Governor James Douglas, even though the state attorney general has said they violate the state's campaign finance laws. The judge made his ruling because the group bringing the suit did not have proper legal standing. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – A golf course, just south of Albany, is the first course in the nation to take part in a program by the Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to reduce the use of pesticides and other toxins. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – State Health Department officials say New York will offer the nation's most comprehensive free newborn screening program. They say the number of diseases and disorders for which newborns will be screened will quadruple by next year. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts - the biggest city in Berkshire County - has become much more aggressive in the past year trying to create new jobs. The city is still fighting its way back from the effects of General Electric massively downsizing its local operations in the 1980's. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report on the city's latest effort.
Burlington, VT – Five university of Vermont students are being arraigned on charges resulting from last week's riot after the Red Sox won the divisional play-offs. College officials and prosecutors are still investigating the incident and have subpoenaed a local television station to obtain un-aired tapes showing students on the rampage. But the station refuses to hand over the video. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Albany, NY – The 2004 legislative session ended with the latest budget in state history, as state Senators and Assemblymembers failed to meet the deadline for the 20th year in a row. Lawmakers also were unable to answer a court order to reform school funding, and ethical scandals plagued the legislature. Now, as all members of the Senate and Assembly face re-election, reform is the number one issue in campaigns. Karen DeWitt takes a look at who's advocating change, and what shape possible reforms may take.