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.
Albany, NY – A new report compares how states provide and fund pre-kindergarten programs for three and four year old children. The report says that state funding of Pre-K is not keeping pace with demand. Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – A day-long conference will be held Tuesday to assess a proposal being developed by the New York State Department of Health and Office of Aging to create a so-called "point-of-entry" system for anyone seeking long-term care. Conference organizers plan to discuss how the system works in other states and what impacts the proposed system would have on providers and patients here. More from WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Montpelier, VT – A major battle is brewing in the Vermont legislature over the future of the state's only nuclear power plant. The outcome is likely to affect people in western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Pittsfield, MA – A six-month long effort in Berkshire County identified what projects in the area could bring the greatest economic impact to the region. The committee and its findings are one of several similar initiatives underway to better coordinate the Western part of the state's economic development. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont and Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care are looking to an under-utilized resource to help relieve the nursing shortage. They hope to recruit or entice older nurses. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.