Montpelier, VT – New anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies are in place for the start of the new school year in Vermont. The laws are meant to clarify what harassment is and how schools can better handle it. It also requires schools to update their discipline policies on bullying. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley
Pittsfield, MA – The Massachusetts gubernatorial team was at the Republican National Convention last night. In prime time speeches, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor attacked John Kerry's record. State Democratic officials have responded, including a top Democratic prospect for the state's corner office, who spoke with WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Buchanan, NY – One of Indian Point's reactors has been shut down following a malfunction relating to one of the steam generators. Though the equipment failure is not considered serious or a public risk, an independent nuclear power expert says the failure to report the incident on time is a problem. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
New York, NY – An anti-war group staged a protest this morning deploring what it says are appalling conditions at a temporary detention center in New York City. The center is a vacant pier building where those arrested for protesting during the Republican National Convention are taken to be held and processed. The building once served as a bus garage, and the former head of that garage says there is likely asbestos and other causes for concerns. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Gay rights advocates across New York State are joining with their national counterparts in criticizing the Republican National Committee's party platform stance on gay rights. On Sunday, the head of the largest gay Republican organization in the country called the platform a "divisive and bigoted social agenda." North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to representatives of gay organizations in NY and an openly gay Republican mayor for their assessment of the Republican national platform.
Albany, NY – For the second straight year, new laws have gone into effect in New York that change work rules for liquor stores. But many of the proprietors of such establishments say the changes are actually placing undue burdens on their business. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Rhinebeck, NY – With the end of the this year's Dutchess County Fair came the end of an attraction that has been at the fair for several years. A trainer with the big cats says stricter laws in New York and her home state will keep her tigers and leopards at their wildlife refuge next year. And she says a new rule changed the photo-taking this year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Burlington, VT – Vermonters may be in for a shock when they get their heating oil bills this winter. Adjusted for inflation, the American Petroleum Institute is predicting that prices could be the highest ever. But dealers and distributors say it may be too early to accurately determine winter pricing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – A federal judge in New York has ruled the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional. The ruling came from a lawsuit brought by the National Abortion Federation on behalf of its members. Whether the ruling highlights the issue in presidential politics remains to be seen. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.