Albany, NY – State Health Department officials say New York will offer the nation's most comprehensive free newborn screening program. They say the number of diseases and disorders for which newborns will be screened will quadruple by next year. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts - the biggest city in Berkshire County - has become much more aggressive in the past year trying to create new jobs. The city is still fighting its way back from the effects of General Electric massively downsizing its local operations in the 1980's. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report on the city's latest effort.
Burlington, VT – Five university of Vermont students are being arraigned on charges resulting from last week's riot after the Red Sox won the divisional play-offs. College officials and prosecutors are still investigating the incident and have subpoenaed a local television station to obtain un-aired tapes showing students on the rampage. But the station refuses to hand over the video. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Albany, NY – The 2004 legislative session ended with the latest budget in state history, as state Senators and Assemblymembers failed to meet the deadline for the 20th year in a row. Lawmakers also were unable to answer a court order to reform school funding, and ethical scandals plagued the legislature. Now, as all members of the Senate and Assembly face re-election, reform is the number one issue in campaigns. Karen DeWitt takes a look at who's advocating change, and what shape possible reforms may take.
New Paltz, NY – Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is scheduled to make stops in the Hudson Valley this weekend. The former Green Party candidate for president is slated to spend part of Halloween day at SUNY New Paltz, where he is to be introduced by New Paltz Green Party Mayor Jason West. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Voter turnout can make or break an election for a candidate and for a pollster. The difference between a voter and a "likely voter" can determine if a politician is elected, and if a political pollster makes an accurate assessment. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – A series of debates was taped Tuesday in Plattsburgh between the key Assembly and Congressional races in northern New York. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was one of the panelists for the Mountain Lake PBS candidates forum and has an overview.
Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Country-based KB Toys announced yesterday it will close more than 100 more stores as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. As we head into the holiday season, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports that the toy business is still an industry in flux.
Albany, NY – In Albany County New York, there's a three way race of Albany County District Attorney that will be decided on election day. Over the past few days we've been talking to the men running for that office. The Roger Cusick is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines, the incumbent Paul Clyne is running on the Independence party line, and David Soares is the Democratic candidate. Joe Donahue spoke with Clyne on Monday about the DA race.