Saugerties, NY – An Ulster County-based non-profit organization that applied for a license to hold a gambling cruise, was turned down by the state. The president of the foundation says it's unclear why the state said no. He says regulators may be in unchartered waters with regard to his request. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Amherst, MA – A dispute that's been brewing for almost a year at the University of Massachusetts has addressed by an outside arbitrator. Foreign students at UMass have been fighting a fee that was instituted after the budget for the International Programs Office was cut by two-thirds. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.
Great Barrington, MA – The ribbon was cut today on a new health care clinic in Berkshire County that's the first of its kind in New England. According to a survey conducted by the clinic, there are more than 10,000 people in Southern Berkshire County and the neighboring parts of Connecticut and New York that fall into the health care gap. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Bethel, NY – There is a reunion in Sullivan County next week to commemorate the 1969 Woodstock Festival that was held on Yasgur's Farm; though the actual anniversary dates are August 15th through 17th. It will be the first time the hosts of the annual Woodstock celebrations have a permit for their event. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look.
Albany, NY – Assisted living facilities provide independent living for elder people while providing personal care and health services. Until now, there has been no legal definition in New York of just what constitutes an assisted living facility. This week, the New York State legislature passed legislation to codify the industry and implement consumer protections. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Greens are planning to reject their national party's nominee for president and instead place Ralph Nader's name on the Vermont ballot. While such a move could create chaos in a swing state, the major party leaders in Vermont are downplaying any significance to the Green's efforts there. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hudson, NY – Opponents of the proposed St. Lawrence Cement Greenport plant have fired off a letter to New York's Secretary of State. They want state department officials to consider local data on weather patterns in relation to the potential effects of air emissions from the proposed plant. St. Lawrence officials say the local information is unnecessary. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Great Barrington, MA – A movement that's afoot in Berkshire County to name a new school after a leading civil rights advocate and scholar who was born in the county has become controversial. At a meeting on Wednesday night, a group of supporters urged school officials to keep and open mind as they move through the naming process. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont's governor and attorney general have announced that Vermont will file suit against the Food and Drug Administration over the issue of importing drugs from Canada. Vermont will be the first state in the nation to sue the FDA for blocking what state officials say is a responsible reimportation proposal. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.