Margaretville, NY – A coalition of environmental groups that opposes a private developer's Belleayre Resort project, is clarifying its position on New York State's Belleayre Ski Center. The reason for the explanation is to allay the concerns of a group that supports the ski center's expansion, a group that does not want any plans for the ski center to be mixed in with Crossroads Ventures' proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne continues her report on the issue.
Albany, NY – Eleven bodies of water in New York State have been added to the Health Department's sportfishing advisory due to mercury contamination. The New York State Health Department issues advisories not to eat, or to limit consumption of fish, from specific bodies of water when tests show mercury contamination. While health and environmental advocates are glad the state has added the waterways to the advisories, they also say more needs to be done. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have been waiting to see what kind of money they would receive from the state in a bailout package. The city has a $20 million gap in its budget. But lawmakers and the governor have had different ideas about how much to give Springfield. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports there's finally a conclusion.
New Paltz, NY – On a day when U.S. Senate members prevented passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, two New York ministers celebrated a legal victory. The two Unitarian Universalist ministers that were cleared Tuesday of criminal charges for marrying same-sex couples without a license, say their win will carry over into discrimination battles across the nation. Meanwhile, their attorney had stern words for district attorney in the case. WAMC's Allison Dunne has this report.
Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki came to the Corning Preserve along the Hudson River in Albany Thursday to announce more than 3-million dollars in state grants for Hudson River clean up work and historic, recreation and open space projects. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Northampton, MA – As the black bear population continues to increase in the eastern United States -- and people move deeper into the woods to build houses -- the number of human-bear interactions has steadily risen. State officials in Massachusetts are helping residents in the western part of the state figure out how to coexist with the animals. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Killington, VT – Town officials from Killington, Vermont were in Concord, New Hampshire Tuesday for a meeting with Governor Craig Benson. The town is unhappy with Vermont's tax structure and wants to secede from the Green Mountain State and join New Hampshire. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley...
Boston, MA – A Massachusetts judge will hear arguments this afternoon on a lawsuit filed by eight out-of-state gay couples, who want to an injunction against a law that prevents same sex couples from other states from getting married in Massachusetts. The couples say the law is discriminatory...but the state of Massachusetts says the law is helping prevent a national backlash against gay marriage. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – A combined law enforcement effort using local, state, county and federal agencies is underway in Albany. Operation Impact has been undercover for two months but on Tuesday Governor George Pataki joined local offcials to officially make the public announcement. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – Some senators, along with scientists, are questioning the decision by top FDA officials to prevent a morning-after pill from being sold over-the-counter. They say the decision to overrule advisory panels and staff is unusual, and could point to political, rather than scientific, motivation. Eight senators have requested a meeting with FDA officials to hear their rationale for the decision. WAMC's Allison Dunne filed this report.