Hudson Falls, NY – Findings from a pair of studies related to the dredging of PCBs in the Hudson River are out this week. One finding shows that greater amounts of PCBs could be disturbed and sent downstream than initially thought. Another shows higher-than-anticipated levels of PCBs in a certain portion of the river. EPA officials are considering the findings, but say time and cost estimates of the project will not yet change. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Montpelier, VT – Two environmental groups have filed a request for special protection of more than 60 bodies of water in the Green Mountain National Forest. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Saratoga Springs, NY – The New York Farm Bureau's annual state meeting wraps up today. The gathering that began in Rochester earlier this week had a pair of big-name speakers yesterday. Those who work on agricultural issues say they hope the issues raised during the meeting gain momentum long after those who attended have returned home. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – The economy in Massachusetts has lagged behind other states. It was hit hard during the latest downturn but has been picking up slowly but steadily. Now a new report shows that business confidence in the state has slipped. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – A national economic report has given Vermont high marks for its human resources and quality of life, but poor grades for its business vitality. Economists in Vermont say while the ratings have some purpose, it doesn't necessarily provide a true representation of Vermont's overall business climate. WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.
Amherst, MA – At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, close to half of all teaching is now done by graduate students. The union that represents the 2,400 grad students employed by U-Mass says the university is refusing to negotiate a new contract in good faith. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – Just one day after announcing that he will run for Governor in two years, a new poll shows New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer with a double-digit lead over Governor George Pataki in a potential 2006 match-up. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – This week, the New York State Senate overrode the Governor's veto of a minimum wage increase. As a result, over the next three years the state's minimum wage will incrementally increase until it reaches $7.15 an hour on 1/1/2007. While some say it is a critical move to help the working poor, those paying low income workers are debating how much it will hurt small businesses. WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.