Albany, NY – For the tenth straight year, New York State saw a drop in major crimes. Figures released by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services show the number of major crimes in the state dropped 3-point-1 percent in 2003. While the governor says the figures prove that New York's tough policies have been effective at reducing crime, he and others, say more needs to be done. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – A meeting tonight in Berkshire County will ask people how they want to see the Housatonic River restored beyond the removal of PCBs. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, that's question that's been asked locally for years.
Albany, NY – A proposal by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to open more land to bear hunting has drawn opposition from groups that say there are better ways to handle the bear population. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Adirondack Council has released its annual state of the Park report. It's their assessment of the actions of local, state and federal officials and how they helped or hurt the Adirondack Park over the past year. It's no surprise that the state legislature gets a slap on the hand this year. On the other hand, after years of sometimes heated animosity, local government officials in the Adirondacks are receiving their best marks ever from the Adirondack Council. More from Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A annual winter readiness report is prepared for the New York Public Service Commission. While the report finds there should be adequate supplies of natural gas this winter, prices for it will be higher. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – Vermont Governor James Douglas has sent a letter to US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson urging the federal government to approve the importation of one-point-two million doses of flu vaccine from I-D BioMedical in Quebec. Members of the Douglas administration have been working with the company to find a way to get the medicine. But any deal is dependant on federal approval... and that is yet to be forthcoming. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The Schenectady Police Department is working to recruit minorities and women to take an upcoming civil service exam to become a police officer. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields says the goal is to have the department reflect the diversity of the city.
Pittsfield, MA – A theater in Berkshire County that's thought to be a linchpin for economic turnaround presented revised plans to the community last night. The once-grand theater has been empty for decades but plans on reopening in two years. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts unveiled plans for new drivers licenses today, in the hopes of cracking down on identity theft. The move comes as Congress considers making changes to IDs on a national level. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.