Boston, ma – The Centers for Disease Control has named this national Influenza Vaccination Week. Departments of health all over the region are urging the public to get their flu shots. WAMC's Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Montpelier, VT – The National Education Association teachers' union, and school districts in Vermont, Michigan and Texas last year sued the federal government over the No Child Left Behind law, President Bush's education policy initiative. Dismissed a year ago, the plaintiffs have decided to appeal the lawsuit challenging the federal education law. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development was created, when Mayor James Ruberto took office, to help re-shape the image of the city from one that was relatively art-starved to that of a cultural place to see and be seen. Megan Whilden, the director of cultural development, has been the primary force behind that on-going alteration. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, recently spent some time observing Whilden at work and has this report;
Great Barrington, MA – The Center for Ecological Technology has received a grant to help businesses and residents in rural communities assure that their trash is actually garbage ... and not recyclable material. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has this report;
Pittsfield, MA – In Massachusetts, the Governor and Lt. Governor elect have selected 210 individuals for 15 different transition team working committees charged with brainstorming suggestions for the incoming administration. Three of the regions mayors are a part of that effort. Details from Berkshires Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Great Barrington, MA – Area ski resorts are dreaming of a white Thanksgiving holiday weekend, even if the snow crystals will be ... less than authentic. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details on the regions slopes.
Boston, MA – Starting Wednesday, state-run psychiatric hospitals in Massachusetts will stop admitting new patients. That's because the state Department of Mental Health says Governor Mitt Romney's last minute budget cuts will eliminate staff positions and put a strain on the system. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.
Montpelier, VT – Public Interest Groups across the country on Tuesday released their annual report on hazardous toys. Advocates in our region note that there are dangerous toys on retail shelves and anyone buying gifts should know how to determine if it could hurt a child. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Burlington, VT – Nursing mothers and supporters of public breast-feeding are protesting at more than a dozen U-S airports today. They are upset by the case of a woman who was ordered off a commuter plane in Burlington, Vermont last week because she wouldn't drape an airline blanket over her nursing infant. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.