Ticonderoga, NY & Montpelier, VT – International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York has requested a permit from the New York State DEC to burn shredded tires to test its viability as a fuel source for the plant. But the move is upsetting Vermonters downwind of the mill. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – At a time when health insurance premiums are through the roof, the Ulster County Arts Council is offering what one of its board members says is a progressive new health plan. It's a less expensive alternative for those who go the doctor only two or three times a year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Montpelier, VT – A new study finds apartment rental costs are too high for most Vermonters. The report found that Vermont renters are using too large a portion of their income to pay for housing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts is now one of several states to consider limiting the weight of student textbooks. Concerned about kids suffering under the weight of heavy loads, the bill's author says lighter books might help. But critics say that's a simplistic solution. More from Berkshrie Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Boston, MA – The State Department of Education released the latest batch of MCAS results yesterday. An increasing number of high school students cleared the graduation requirement, but officials say stagnant math scores at the middle school level need work. As our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, most schools districts in Western Massachusetts posted improvements.
Albany, NY – NY Governor George Pataki has signed a law that is aimed at reducing sweatshop labor by allowing schools and public colleges in the state to buy sports equipment from responsible companies, even at a higher price. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Rock Hill, NY – The Second Annual Catskills Casino Conference yielded a few announcements of definitive casino and other gaming developments in Sullivan County. Both Empire Resorts and Park Place Entertainment were among those with some news. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
North Adams, MA – North Adams officials testified at a state Board of Education hearing yesterday. School officials hope to prove to the state that they are not an under-performing district. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Citizens' Campaign for the Environment is urging Niagara Mohawk customers to choose one of four options the utility is offering that would be generated from renewable energy sources. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.