Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts environmental officials are trying to change the common practice drivers idling their engines. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, they're starting in places where they say people are most at risk of being affected by diesel fumes.
Albany, NY – Senate Republicans announced a list of reforms that they'll hold hearings on. Some re-elected Majority Party members criticized a report that found New York's legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation, and said they thought some of its recommendations were wrong. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Monticello, NY – Sights that are set on building a casino next to a raceway in New York's Sullivan County came more into focus today. The Cayuga Indian Nation of New York and the State reached a land claim settlement agreement that includes developing a Catskills casino. It's New York's second tribal land claim deal this month. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Hadley, MA – Land conservationists in Massachusetts are celebrating the designation this week of Hadley's Great Meadow as highly endangered. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has this report.
Latham, NY – Family Planning Advocates held their annual meeting Thursday. Their discussion focused on the implications of the election for pro-choice advocates. They also gave their Courageous Service Award to the medical director of Plattsburgh's Planned Parenthood. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A long walk will end this afternoon for a young woman from the Hudson Valley. Andrea Zimmerman is walking from her home in Warwick, Orange County to the State Capitol in memory of a high school classmate who committed suicide. The journey is part of an effort to pass the mental health parity bill called Timothy's Law. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – It's been one year since the Massachusetts ruling that made gay marriage legal. Both sides are taking stock of what's happened since, and each report they're making progress with their own agendas. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Hyde Park, NY – There is a high school in the Hudson Valley in which some staff members and students have intermittently become ill over the past few weeks. The problem has been with air quality, and, after several tests, school administrators and county health officials say they believe they've nailed the problem. Yet they cannot say so with absolute certainty. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has an update.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Vermont Health Department is aiming its latest anti-smoking ad campaign at young Vermonters with a theme focused on their pocket-book. The effort coincides with the 28th annual Great American Smoke-Out. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.