Boston, MA – Lawyers for eight New England couples who are suing to be able to get married in Massachusetts say they'll continue their fight, despite a setback yesterday. The couples were hoping for a judge to stop enforcing a law that prevents them from getting married in Massachusetts. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Kingston, New York – Affordable housing in the Hudson Valley is getting a more than $21 million-dollar boost from state aid. New York Governor George Pataki says the funding will go to nearly 849 affordable housing opportunities in the region, and result in additional construction jobs. Grant recipients say any amount helps; and one familiar with the area's housing needs says there's a problem with the local process. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Hudson, NY – St. Lawrence Cement officials have come up with a new design for their proposed Greenport Plant in Columbia County, New York. They say the new blueprint will reduce the plant's height by more than one-hundred feet. Opponents say that a lower stack could mean an increase in air pollution. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – New York State has ordered emergency regulations be implemented to force power plants in the state to reduce emissions blamed for acid rain in the Adirondacks and Catskills. While environmental groups are pleased the state Department of Environmental Conservation has taken the action, they're also disappointed the action was not more stringent. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – In Massachusetts, House Speaker Thomas Finneran has outlined some of his priorities for the next legislative session. He says high on his list is ending some schools districts' practice of charging students for participating in sports and extracurricular activities. Some Berkshire County schools had to impose those fees in the face of deep budget cuts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson takes a look.
Kingston, NY – Hudson Valley residents and black bears are having more run-ins this year than last. The encounters mean an increase in the number of complaints lodged with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Springfield, MA – The fervor over prescription drugs is escalating as more state, cities and towns climb on board the bandwagon to help residents buy cheaper drugs in Canada. The FDA has aggressively opposed that practice, but now the agency has pulled back on their strong warnings. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with the former mayor of Springfield Massachusetts - which was the first city to offer Canadian drugs to its employees - about the FDA's latest position.
Burlington, VT – Vermont religious leaders have formed an organization so that people of faith can take a leadership role in confronting the environmental debate. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – Gay marriage has been grabbing headlines, from San Francisco to New Paltz, New York, since the beginning of the year. Gay marriages became legal in Massachusetts in May, while just last week, the California Supreme Court voided same-sex marriages that were performed in San Francisco, saying the city's mayor overstepped his boundaries. Despite the national attention, the issue is not at the top of either candidate's list. WAMC's Allison Dunne takes a closer look.
Plattsburgh, NY – The US military is planning another round of base closures. By November 2005, the federal government will decide which facilities will remain open and which will close. New York State is gearing up for the upcoming closure rounds with plans to protect its remaining facilities. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.