Albany, NY – New York ranks number thirty-one in the U.S. when it comes to health, unchanged from the state's 2003 ranking. The non-profit United Health Foundation publishes the state health rankings with the hope of not only educating health officials and the public, but prompting them to take action in the areas in which they need improvement. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.
Adams, MA – Charter school supporters are pushing for an initiative that would allow more students to attend their schools. While the movement is centered in Boston, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports that it could have implications in Western Massachusetts.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont's Commission on Wind Energy will hold a public hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon to get feedback on its draft recommendations for permitting commercial wind farms. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Greenfield, MA – Voters in Greenfield, Massachusetts will decide tomorrow whether to change the town's zoning law on 45 acres of open space where the mayor wants a Wal-Mart or Target store, and where Native Americans say there are ancient human remains that should be left undisturbed. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams filed this report.
North Adams, MA – The federal government is eyeing Massachusetts' Medicaid program and threatening to cut some of its funding. As WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson reports, health care advocates around the state are watching as Massachusetts representatives make their case to keep the money.
Kingston, NY – Some anti-war demonstrators say their plans for a protest in Ulster County tomorrow will not be quashed by the season's first snowfall. The protest comes as participants say it's time to re-energize anti-war activities. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – Killington Resort in Vermont became the first ski area in the East to open for the season this past Tuesday. Other ski areas are quickly following suit. But skiers would not be on the slopes in early November if ski areas weren't snow-making. And that's something ski resorts are becoming increasingly reliant on...both to get an early start and to maintain the slopes throughout the winter. More from Pat Bradley.
Springfield, MA – Advocates for victims of clergy abuse are disappointed again after a second jurisdiction has said they can't prosecute an indicted bishop. As WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson reports, many of them are calling for the statute of limitations on sex crimes to be lifted.
Pittsfield, MA – Gas prices are hovering near record highs. WAMC's Eesha Williams reports that the high prices are having an impact on consumers' choices at the pump, at car dealerships, and maybe even on the environment.
Burlington, VT – When Howard Dean's presidential bid ended, his campaign organization "Dean For America" morphed into a political action committee called "Democracy for America". Now that the 2004 elections are over, the group is looking at long term strategies to strengthen the Democratic Party. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.