Plattsburgh, NY – Currently, State University of New York colleges are not required to pay property taxes. But with municipalities across the state strapped for cash, some communities that host SUNY schools are looking at the colleges as a possible revenue source. The mayor of one upstate city has now joined a counterpart on Long Island in calling for state colleges to pay local taxes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – Medicare will now cover a large portion of the cost of a specialized brain scan. It's a scan that can be used in the early detection of Alzheimer's, though Medicare coverage will not be available for all patients. The scan is available in the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.
Montpelier, VT – As concern about global warming and smog grows, support for renewable energy is also on the rise. Several states in the northeast have passed laws requiring that a certain percentage of the electricity the states buy come from clean sources like windmills and solar panels. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has the story.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been in economic doldrums since General Electric left the city. Today, their mayor said Pittsfield is starting to see tangible effects of an aggressive City Council and administration. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
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.