New England News

Montpelier, VT – The federal prescription plan that failed for many senior citizens when it was launched in January will be turned back on in Vermont next month. But some lawmakers and advocates for the elderly are worried that the federal government still has not worked out all of the problems with Medicare Part-D. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

HOLYOKE, MA – The number of teenagers who gave birth in 2004 was significantly lower in the Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke than in previous years. But the teen-pregancy rate remains relatively high, with Holyoke still the second highest, and Springfield the third. Only Lawrence, Mass. has more teen births.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

AGAWAM, MA – A top Massachusetts lawmaker is criticizing Governor Romney's proposed budget and is urging local municipalities not to use it as a benchmark when creating their own budgets.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

South Hadley, MA – Avoiding a further battle with disgruntled faculty, Harvard's president Lawrence Summers announced yesterday that he will be leaving the university at the end of this academic year. His departure ends a tumultuous tenure lasting only 5 years-the shortest at the school since 1862.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke to academics in the five-college region about the implications of Summers' resignation.

Burlington, VT – The Burlington, Vermont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support the Vermont Air National Guard's continued mission at the Burlington International Airport. The councillor's resolution was formulated in direct opposition to, and urges Burlington voters to reject, Question 6 on the Town Meeting Day ballot. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Joel Dorius was a professor at Smith College until 1960 when he, along with two other professors, was forced out following an arrest for possession of gay pornography. He was later exonerated and the case is considered an early civil rights victory for homosexuals. Dorius died last week, and WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff looks back at the incident and the man.

Great Barrington, MA – A site once home to the Great Barrington fairgrounds may host a 570,000 square-foot mixed-use development including a 100-room hotel just west of the heart of the downtown.

Washington – Massachusetts Democratic Congressman John Olver has joined a group of 26 House Democrats calling for a possible impeachment inquiry to see if there are grounds to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush. The group wants to investigate whether Bush manipulated pre-Iraq war intelligence regarding Saddam Hussein's possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Olver this morning;

Stamford, VT – The longest serving principal in Vermont's Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, and one of the longest serving principals in the state, died earlier this month.
Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports on the legacy Leo Ethier left for Stamford, Vermont:

NORTHAMPTON, MA – New England Watershed magazine is a new arrival to the region. The bi-monthly publication seeks to serve ideas and images to northeastern readers, and plans to stay rooted in the landscape of the Connecticut River Valley where the magazine is based.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with the magazine's founder.