Albany, NY – A trio of environmental groups that has been calling on the Pataki administration to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants in New York has enlisted more than 120 groups to help push for action in state government to get lower emissions standards implemented. WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.
Hudson, NY – An awards list is out that spotlights twelve of New England's top polluters. For the first time, there are recipients based in New York. And one of the companies is St. Lawrence Cement. The environmental group behind the list will now join forces with New York-based plant opponents in their quest to prevent the plant from becoming a reality. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.
Northampton, MA – The state of Vermont has until Friday to decide on a 500-million-dollar plan to buy a series of hydroelectric dams in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Eesha Williams reports.
Albany – A court-appointed panel has ordered Governor Pataki and the legislature to increase funds to New York City schools by $14 billion dollars over the next four years, and has given state officials 90 days to comply. WAMC Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Amherst, MA – A department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has developed the first-of-its-kind computer system for searching old handwritten documents. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Northampton, MA – The state of Kentucky last week said it will fine the company that runs a prison where a riot took place two months ago $10,000. Most of the prisoners who were involved in the uprising at the Kentucky facility are from Vermont. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – The U-S Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling upholding changes that New York State made to congressional and legislative districts following the 2000 census. Reform advocates say it emphasizes the need to create an independent commission to re-draw New York's voting districts. WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.
Albany, NY – Proposals to expand the regulation of lobbyists and whether to ban all gifts to state officials were two of several items discussed at a hearing on lobbying reform. WAMC's Capital Corresponcent Karen Dewitt reports.