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.
Albany, NY – The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busier shopping days of the year, the day when retailers mark the start of the holiday shopping season. As WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports, there is optimism amoung store owners in the Capitol District and across New York State as their busiest and most profitable weeks begin.
Rowe, MA – In a strongly worded order, federal regulators this week sided with a small group of activists against an alliance of New England power companies that own the defunct Yankee nuclear plant in Rowe, Massachusetts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams reports.
Pittsfield, MA – When Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy and Massachusetts Congressman John Olver were in Berkshire County earlier this week, they both talked about the shape of things to come at the state and national level. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – The US Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of determining whether the Eastern Gray Wolf should be removed from the Endangered species list. The idea of de-listing the animal is drawing criticism from some groups in the region who want the wolf re-introduced into the Adirondacks. But others note that previous efforts to do that have failed. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.