Northampton, MA – For decades the use of trains to move people and freight has declined in the northeast. Now, local and national groups are converting the land that was once lined with train tracks to paths for bicylists and pedestrians. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – Doctors in New York State have formed a task force to study the racial and ethnic disparities in the healthcare system. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports that the co-chair of the task force says overt and covert racism are part of the problem.
Plattsburgh, NY – An anti-gay activist and his followers plan to visit Plattsburgh during its biggest festival next year. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church's request to rent a booth at the Plattsburgh Mayor's Cup Festival came after the City Council debated whether political and activist groups should be allowed to rent information booths during the event. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Vernon, VT – Recently released regulatory records show that workers at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant were exposed to unusually high levels of radiation. Radiation can cause cancer and other health effects. A citizens' group is now calling on regulators to fine Vermont Yankee's owner. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Red Hook, NY – Some Hudson Valley residents and community groups are banding together in preparation for a boycott against three area cinemas. They say they are protesting an ad they've heard about what kinds of films the cinemas will show. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house will meet in session Wednesday to act on budget reform legislation that may include overriding a veto by Governor Pataki. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Hudson, NY – A New York Assemblyman who represents areas of the Hudson Valley has put himself in the driver's seat of helping to improve the environment. Environmentalists says they hope other lawmakers follow suit. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York State and International Paper officials are preparing to sign contracts that will ultimately provide public recreation rights on nearly 260-thousand acres that the paper company owns throughout the Adirondack Park. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Bell-ringers aren't manning the red Salvation Army kettles outside certain major retailers this holiday season. This marks the first year Salvation Army kettles will be banned outside nationwide retail chain, Target, and Salvation Army officials say the store's ban will cut down on donations. The ban is not only impacting donations nationwide, but in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas as well. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Final plans were presented this morning for the re-designed "Port of Excellence" project at the Champlain border crossing in northern New York. The effort to build a 100-million dollar state-of-the-art border crossing should see its groundbreaking this spring. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.