Albany, NY – National Guard and Reservists are being called up more often as the U.S. Military fights in Iraq and Afghanistan and maintains forces in Korea , Europe and elsewhere. This has led some Guard members and their families to complain about the ongoing and indefinite tours of service. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Burlington, VT – Vermont has been hit unusually hard by casualties in the Iraq war. Statistically, the Green Mountain State is seeing an abnormally large proportion of war deaths. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Arkville, NY – A New York State Supreme Court Justice has thrown out new rules to curb acid rain emissions emitted by plants within New York. Environmentalists are disappointed with yet another delay. But they are also relieved that the ruling did not nullify the state's authority to implement such regulations. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – A State Supreme Court judge has permanently banned New Paltz Mayor Jason West from marrying couples without a valid marriage license. In his decision, the judge says the mayor has neither the right nor the obligation to disobey a law he believes is unconstitutional. Attorneys who filed the suit against West say they will now file another one to have West removed from office. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Faced with a 10 million-dollar deficit and the lowest credit rating of any town or city in New York State, the City of Schenectady has announced an agreement with Schenectady County that will save the city millions of dollars, but will cut 40 jobs from the city payroll. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Springfield, MA – High schools are graduating this time of year. But in order to graduate in Massachusetts, students first have to pass the MCAS test or they can't get a diploma. While passing rates are high and climbing throughout the state, there are several districts still pulling the average down. In Western Massachusetts, Springfield and Holyoke students are failing the exam at much higher rates than their peers in other parts of the state. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Brattleboro, VT – A panel discussion with dairy industry experts was held during the recent Strolling of the Heifers festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. Panelists discussed options that would keep prices to dairy farmers stable, including developing a New England "brand" of milk. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hudson Falls, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency has come out with so-called quality-of-life standards for the PCB cleanup project in and along the Upper Hudson River. These benchmarks are the agency's first for a superfund project, and must be incorporated into General Electric's design plans for the dredging. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Former President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday, will be laid to rest Friday after a state funeral in Washington D.C. . Reagans political style and legacy are being considered by his supporters and opponents. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Pittsfield, MA – This week in Pittsfield, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency gave a tour of the work being done in and along the Housatonic River to remove PCBs. The agency is in the process of deciding how much more of the river will be cleaned south of Pittsfield. On the tour were mostly members of environmental and citizen groups, who are pushing for the river to be cleaned all the way to Long Island Sound. Kelly Wilkinson has this report.