Ticonderoga, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has forwarded International Paper's permit application for a test burn of tire-derived fuel at its Ticonderoga, New York mill to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Vermonters downwind of the plant are dismayed that New York State appears to be approving a test that opponents say will have serious health repercussions. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction.
Albany, NY – Coming up on In Our Backyard: If you look, you may see 1 or 2 or 200 Japanese Beatles in your garden this summer Ward will tell us why. In other gardening news, Ward may have a technique for keeping deer from eating your vegetables. Then our passionate pathologist will report on some botulism among birds in Rochester. A new study shows that songbirds have high levels of mercury in their system.
Kingston, NY – Ulster County has received state funding to track sex offenders on probation and parole with satellite-guided devices. It's the first state-funded program of its kind in New York, and it has sparked some applause and some worry in the region. WAMC's Julia Taylor has more.
Albany, NY – The future of the Beech Nut plants in Montgomery County, New York is uncertain. State and federal lawmakers are pushing for financial incentives from state and national-level organizations to try and help keep the company in town. WAMC's CDBC Jessica Bloustein has more.
Boston, MA – Some Western Massachusetts lawmakers are disappointed the state legislature failed to pass higher education funding before the legislative session ended late last night. More from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Taunton, MA – It's going to be a scorcher in the Northeast today and tomorrow. Excessive heat warnings are flying in much of New York state and heat advisories are posted in western New England. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details on preparations for the heat wave in western New England.