Albany, NY – On New Years Day, David Soares will become the new District Attorney of Albany County. Soares is a political outsider, a Democrat who defeated the incumbent in the primary, and then won the general election in November, even though he was largely unknown just a few months before. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields spoke to a former Albany County D.A. who, like David Soares, came into office, as an outsider.
Albany, NY – New York's Attorney General has published his annual "Pennies for Charity" report. The report is about the professional telemarketing campaigns of non-profit organizations, and how much of the money raised actually ends up in the pockets of the charities, versus the pockets of the fund raisers. The numbers indicate that charities retain about 33 percent, a figure that has stayed about the same for several years. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Waterbury, VT – The state of Vermont has finalized its policy regarding siting wind turbines on state lands. Critics of the plan say there are no changes from the state's draft policy and is inconsistent with other development policies for state land. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
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.