Albany, NY – One of the major questions facing the New York governor and leaders of the State Legislature in Albany next year, will be how to comply with a major court decision on education. Eariler this year, the Court of Appeals gave state leaders until the middle of next summer to come up with a new education funding system. WAMC's senior correspondent Brian Shields has more.
Hudson Falls, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency has put out draft quality-of-life standards for the Hudson River PCB Cleanup Project. It is the first time the EPA has come out with such benchmarks in a Superfund project. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are passing up more than a billion dollars worth of food stamps every year. That's according to a new report from the Nutrition Consortium of New York State. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A dispute between the town of Lenox Massachusetts and the state Department of Revenue could be decided on Beacon Hill. Berkshire politicians filed a bill the end of last week that hopes to bring resolve to a mistake that dates back 10 years. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing measures to help avoid future flu vaccine shortages. Her plan is outlined in a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Communities can become polarized over land use and development decisions. But they're some of the more significant decisions cities and towns make. Pittsfield Massachusetts faces several major projects. A national land use expert is in town this weekend to talk about how the city can work more collaboratively. The appearance is sponsored by the incoming mayor's transition team. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The group behind the lawsuit that led to this years major court decision on public school financing in New York State was expected on Thursday to announce its dollar figure for state compliance with the ruling. WAMC's Brian Shields reports the group is not ready with a final cost recommendation but it is urging Governor Pataki to set aside 2-billion dollars in education spending for next year.
Great Barrington, MA – The radio scene has been shifting in Berkshire County. Two locally owned, independent commercial stations were recently sold to a larger radio company. As more consolidation takes place, a low power FM station is starting in Great Barrington. The station is part of a national movement away from consolidated media. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Attorneys-general from across the country are trying to persuade Hollywood to reduce the amount of smoking in films. The AG's from Vermont, Connecticut and Utah met with film-makers yesterday to discuss their concerns that the increased presence of cigarettes is leading to higher youth smoking rates. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Buchanan, NY – Opponents of Indian Point have called upon four county executives to refuse to certify the nuclear power plants' emergency evacuation plans for next year. Two of the four county executives say they will withhold their certification letters. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.