Boston, ma – Gay marriage opponents in Massachusetts have been trying to get a constitutional amendment to ban future same-sex marriages in the state. They want the voters to decide in 2008. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts legislature recessed a constitutional convention without deciding whether the question should make it on the ballot. Now the state's outgoing governor is trying a new tactic to get the question to the voters. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Lake Placid, NY – By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, holiday decorations are on full display and, normally, the larger ski resorts have some of their trails open. But this year, skiers and resort operators are disappointed that the weather has forced them to wait to make snow and delayed their opening. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – A bill to expand designated wilderness areas in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest and Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest was passed by Congress this week. Passage of the Wilderness Bill had been delayed during the regular Congressional session following political bickering between Vermont's Congressional delegation and Governor. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Adams, MA – North Adams Regional Hospital has added a birthing center to its facility. And as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, the completion of the birthing center marks the end of a two year $23 million modernization and renovation project at Northern Berkshire County's only hospital.
Pittsfield, MA – Tuesday General Electric announced its development of a new plastic resin. GE Plastics is headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with officials about the development of the first new polymer technology in two decades
Hancock, MA – A ski resort in the Berkshires plans to generate 40 percent of its energy needs independently. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report on a wind turbine slated to be up and running at Jiminy Peak in June;
Boston, ma – Albany and Boston are among ten cities selected for a new citizenship exam pilot program. As Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, the new test focuses more on American values than trivia.
Boston, ma – Lawmakers in Massachusetts recessed yesterday without taking a stand on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Massachusetts is currently the only state in the nation to allow gay marriage. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has been a staunch critic of the Department of Homeland Security's proposal for a passport or some sort of secure ID requirement to cross the Canadian border. With the shift in power in Congress, the Democrat says he will be in a position to block implementation of the passport plan. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is developing a Strategic Cultural Plan to determine the best way to support the many artists are arts related organizations cropping up there. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has this report;