Kingston, NY – New York has released its list of schools that report the most acts of violence. Some Hudson Valley-based schools are on the list. The superintendent of one of these schools says his school is there undeservedly so. Others say it's unfair to make any comparisons from the list given varying definitions of so-called dangerous acts from district to district. State education officials agree. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Greenfield, MA – A federal court in Boston this week sided against the state of Massachusetts, and in favor of a marijuana legalization group that wants to place ads on buses. The judges based their ruling on the First Amendment. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – Derby Line, Vermont and Champlain, New York are among the U-S Customs stations that are among the first to get new computerized equipment to track container shipments. The new technology is part of a pilot program that will upgrade border crossings throughout the region. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Williamstown, MA – Voters in Williamstown, Massachusetts weighed in on a controversial water issue at special town meeting last night. The question was whether to extend the town's water line into an undeveloped part of town. Several local nonprofits would have picked up the tab, but as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, there were concerns about whether expanding public water would have changed the area's character.
Albany, NY – The group that issued a report earlier this year that led to many of the recent calls for reform of the New York State Legislature, says it apears that upstate lawmakers are more open to changing how the legislature operates compared to their downstate colleagues. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
New Paltz, NY – Part-time faculty members at the State University of New York at New Paltz are banding together to demand better pay. They've just formed their own organization, and are working to raise their visibility. SUNY New Paltz officials say the pay raise adjunct professors want is too much for the university's budget. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Pittsfield, MA – At a meeting last night in Berkshire County, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric presented details about how they will clean a polluted lake and prevent PCBs from seeping back into the water. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Amherst, MA. – The union for professors at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst held a public hearing yesterday to draw attention to reductions in pay and job security. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.