Fair Haven, VT – A group in Vermont wants the state's schools to commit at least sixty five cents of every education dollar on in-classroom instruction. But critics say it's simply a gimmick that cannot help student achievement. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – The Nature Conservancy, which buys blocks of land to protect endangered ecosystems, has completed a year-long study that determined Lake Champlain's highest ecosystem risks. The group plans to launch a bi-state program focusing efforts on protection of the lake. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – This past summer, the state of Vermont created an eight-point-six million dollar emergency fund to help dairy farmers. But milk prices to the farmer rose, so the distribution formula was changed and the funds were expected to last until sometime in 2007. Vermont officials have now announced the remaining emergency funds will be paid to dairy farmers by the end of December. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
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.