Kingston, NY – Peace and justice activists from the Mid-Hudson region are headed to Washington, D.C. next week to protest at President Bush's inaugural parade. Now, a protest organizer from the Hudson Valley says he expects even more activists to attend, given a recently-issued permit for a rally space along the parade route. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – The leader of the State Senate is warning that there will be another record late state budget if the legislature and the governor don't agree to reforms soon. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – The expansion of the Dutchess County jail is one step closer. The county legislature voted Tuesday, along party lines, to issue bonds to pay for the architectural plans to expand the jail. All Democrats voted against, and all Republicans, in favor of, the resolution. Democrats say they want to first look into alternatives, while Republicans say there is no choice but to proceed with the expansion. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – The operators of six New York coal-fired power plants have reached an agreement with New York State to slash their nitrogen and sulfur emissions. Governor Pataki and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say the action will cut the emissions that cause acid rain and remove some of the pollutants blamed for asthma and other respiratory ailments. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – The AARP and ten other consumer groups across the country have joined Vermont's lawsuit against the federal government over the re-importation of prescription drugs. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – A nasty fight on the Senate floor was averted when Republicans, in the Majority in that house, succumbed to pressure by Minority Party Democrats. They agreed to come up with bipartisan changes to make the Senate's rules more open and democratic. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent, Karen DeWitt reports.
Albany, NY – Several states, including New York, are developing a national "work readiness credential" to supplement existing high school diplomas. But some educators fear it could be a disincentive for students seeking a high school diploma. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
New Baltimore, NY – A water district proposal was up for a vote last night by the town board of New Baltimore, in Greene County. The town board has decided to go ahead with bringing in municipal water, but has proposed changes to that water's destination. The decision has raised eyebrows among supporters and opponents of the municipal water system. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Northampton, MA – Since Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in 2001, four states and hundreds of cities around the country have formally opposed the Act. Much of the organizing for those resolutions was done by a small organization in Western Massachusetts called the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Now the group is fighting the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for attorney general. WAMC's Pioneer Valley bureau Chief Eesha Williams reports.