Washington, DC – The House is scheduled to vote on an appropriations bill that includes a Freedom to Read Amendment offered by Vermont's Congressman. Bernie Sanders is attempting to block funding for the Justice Department that allows officials to investigate the materials people are buying at book stores and taking out of libraries. But it's an effort that was tried last year......and failed. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – New York State Governor George Pataki and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings joined forces yesterday to help launch a new initiative, dubbed "Operation Safe Child". The program is intended to raise awareness about child safety and to make the current Child ID system more readily available to parents throughout New York State. More from our Capital District reporter, Arielle Trimm
Kingston, NY – If you speed through a summertime highway construction zone, don't be surprised if a state trooper appears out of nowhere and nails you. New York State has unveiled Operation Hard Hat. WAMC's Hank Gross reports.
Pittsfield, MA – When Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney makes a rare trip to Berkshire County this week, he will be met with faculty from community colleges -- protesting a lack of new contract and negotiated raises.
Beacon, NY – A poll is out on Hudson River environmental issues, and those leading the poll say the results show complacency and misperceptions among residents living in the seventeen counties along the river, from Essex County to Manhattan. It's the first Pace University survey on the topic. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Poultney, VT – The three-and-a-half inch long Forest Tent Caterpillar has been found in many parts of Vermont, and last year defoliated an estimated 90-thousand acres of forest. A favorite target of the caterpillar is the sugar maple, and worries are mounting about how much damage the caterpillar might do to Vermont's maple trees this year. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Consumer Product Safety Commission's chair has called for a review of all existing ATV safety standards. CPSC Chair Hal Stratton wants to know whether the current voluntary safety standards for ATV's are adequate or whether the standards should be made mandatory. ATV enthusiasts in our region say they don't mind the idea of a safety review. But they wonder how the feds can mandate what, all too often, comes down to common sense use of the vehicles. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Supporters of Timothy's Law, a bill to mandate mental health care coverage in New York, have changed their legislation to make it more favorable to small businesses. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Kingston, NY – A march for universal health care kicks off Saturday in the Hudson Valley. And after a series of rallies, the march ends up in western New York. Though several of the groups involved are based in New York, there is a Vermont connection. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Starting tonight, the Department of Transportation will shut down a portion of New York State's I-90. The Highway will close between exists 2 and 5 during nights and weekends to make way for a 44 Million dollar upgrade. More from our Capital District reporter, Arielle Trimm