Albany, NY – The New York Public Interest Group has released a study that finds broad price differentials for commonly prescribed drugs in pharmacies across the state. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Burlington, VT – Episcopal dioceses across the nation are debating same-sex unions, whether by civil unions or gay marriage. Some sanction such relationships, while others are still debating the issue. Vermont's Episcopal Diocese is the first in the country to develop a religious service for same sex unions, and it's the first to create a service in a jurisdiction that legally recognizes same-sex unions. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
New Paltz, NY – Close to four months after New Paltz Mayor Jason West presided over several same-sex marriages, two other New Paltz elected officials have stepped in to do the same. The village's deputy mayor along with a village trustee solemnized four gay marriages yesterday, on the one-month anniversary of same-sex marriages becoming legal in Massachusetts. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency is in the middle of evaluating how much more of the Housatonic River should be cleaned of PCBs in Southern Berkshire County and Connecticut. The agency just announced they'll give citizens another chance to weigh in on the fate of the river. It's an unusual move, but EPA officials say there's new information that the public hasn't seen before. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – A coalition of environmental advocates have issued grades to the New England States and the eastern provinces of Canada for their efforts to reduce global warming pollution. Massachusetts and Connecticut received the highest grades, while Vermont received the lowest. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency announced that $75 million will be put towards revitalizing abandoned industrial sites around the county known as brownfields. They're often eyesores and drags on the local economy. This region received a proportionally large share of that money, from New York to Massachusetts to Vermont. Many of the grants went to places where there's high unemployment, after local manufacturing and industrial economies have collapsed. Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Kingston, NY – A Republican attorney from Sullivan County is running against Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey in the November elections. Bill Brenner says every candidate should have opposition, and he thinks Hinchey has not delivered to his constituents. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Members of the U-S House and Senate's Dairy Coalition are introducing legislation that they hope will establish an economic safety net for dairy farmers. The National Dairy Equity Act was unveiled in Washington D-C this morning. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Adams, MA – Massachusetts is on track to have a final budget in place before the fiscal year begins on July 1. Lawmakers agreed late last night to a $24 billion budget plan. After final approval, the budget heads to Governor Mitt Romney for his review and any vetoes. He's already said he will reject a measure that would stop the opening of five new charters schools around the state - including one in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Montpelier, VT – Almost all of Vermont teachers have met a federal education standard that requires them to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subjects they teach. Vermont education officials say the high percentage of teachers in the state meeting the No Child Left Behind mandates isn't surprising. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.