Holyoke, MA – The federal Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to fine the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The EPA wants the city to do a better job cleaning up its wastewater before pouring it into the Connecticut River. But the federal government has not offered to help pay the cost of fixing the problem. Holyoke's mayor has come up with a plan to privatize the city's sewage treatment system. But the plan has run into some opposition. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Kingston, NY – A discount prescription drug program offered from one Hudson Valley county doesn't have as many takers as officials had hoped. One county legislators says marketing is to blame. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the story.
Kingston, NY – New York has released its list of schools that report the most acts of violence. Some Hudson Valley-based schools are on the list. The superintendent of one of these schools says his school is there undeservedly so. Others say it's unfair to make any comparisons from the list given varying definitions of so-called dangerous acts from district to district. State education officials agree. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Greenfield, MA – A federal court in Boston this week sided against the state of Massachusetts, and in favor of a marijuana legalization group that wants to place ads on buses. The judges based their ruling on the First Amendment. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports.
Albany, NY – Derby Line, Vermont and Champlain, New York are among the U-S Customs stations that are among the first to get new computerized equipment to track container shipments. The new technology is part of a pilot program that will upgrade border crossings throughout the region. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Williamstown, MA – Voters in Williamstown, Massachusetts weighed in on a controversial water issue at special town meeting last night. The question was whether to extend the town's water line into an undeveloped part of town. Several local nonprofits would have picked up the tab, but as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, there were concerns about whether expanding public water would have changed the area's character.
Albany, NY – The group that issued a report earlier this year that led to many of the recent calls for reform of the New York State Legislature, says it apears that upstate lawmakers are more open to changing how the legislature operates compared to their downstate colleagues. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
New Paltz, NY – Part-time faculty members at the State University of New York at New Paltz are banding together to demand better pay. They've just formed their own organization, and are working to raise their visibility. SUNY New Paltz officials say the pay raise adjunct professors want is too much for the university's budget. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.