Albany, NY – As the New York Republican Party gathers next week to choose a new state chairman, some Republican legislators in the state have been sounding off about problems within the party. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the story.
Montpelier, VT – Consumer advocates want the state of Vermont to do more to help low-income Vermonters pay their energy bills. They say if the rest of New England can implement low-income heating aid, so too can Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York's voter turn-out on election day was one of the worst in the country. A group of government reform organizations say their analysis of last Tuesday's turn-out indicates that it would rise significantly in New York if Election Day voter registration was implemented. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Albany, NY – New York State prison officials say a so-called "Shock Incarceration Program" that was introduced in New York in the late 1980s, has saved taxpayers about one-billion dollars. And they say thousands of inmates have earned early release through the intensive, six-month program. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Williamstown, MA – A town in Berkshire County will decide tonight whether to extend public water a few miles out to its high school, which has been drinking and cooking with bottled water. But opponents say other options should be explored, since the area is relatively undeveloped - and should be kept that way. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – State lawmakers are trying to squelch rumors that they may vote themselves a pay raise when the newly re-elected Senators and Assemblymembers return for a session before the end of the year. But talk about a salary increase proposal that could include some reforms, is continuing to grow. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Kingston, NY – New York is readying a tax hike for businesses across the state. The reason for the double-digit increase is to cover funds the state borrowed to pay unemployment benefits after the September Eleventh terrorist attacks. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services was on the Plattsburgh State campus this afternoon to present the college's inaugural "Distinguished Quebec Address". The Minister discussed the province's health care system, cross-border drug access and it's relationship with New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hartford, CT – Connecticut has the fastest declining prison population in the country. According to new statistics from the U-S Justice Department, the prison population declined 4-point-2 percent last year. As WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris reports, the trend has prison reform advocates touting newly enacted state programs.