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.
Albany, NY – The legal wrangling over how to reform New York's school funding system continues this month in a Manhattan courtroom. The group that successfully brought the lawsuit against the Governor and Legislature is eagerly awaiting a final report from a court-appointed panel of special masters. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Williamstown, MA – Residents in a Berkshire County town voted down a controversial public-private partnership that would have extended water to a school that can't use its well water. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
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.