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.
Great Barrington, MA – A march last night in Berkshire County ended at the birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois in Great Barrington. But organizers said they were unprepared for some attendees with opposing viewpoints. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Boston, MA – Journalists around the country have faced jail time recently for refusing to say who gave them sensitive information. A new group of news organizations in Massachusetts has formed to build support for a so-called "shield law" for journalists in the Bay State. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Within five years, Massachusetts doctors could access patients' records from any hospital or doctors' office in the state. Supporters say it would improve patient care and help control medical costs. WAMC"s Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Old Forge, NY – The New York State Senate has confirmed a resident of the Adirondack Park to fill a long-empty seat on the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.