Ludlow, MA – Hundreds of residents in a Western Massachusetts town were inoculated for Hepatitis A yesterday, after a pizza restaurant worker was hospitalized with the disease. The scare comes as Western Massachusetts is experiencing an overall increase in hepatitis cases. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants every driver in New York to pass a breathalyzer test before their vehicle could start. But opponents say the technology can't support such action, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers says mandating the device goes too far, for now. More from North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Millbrook, NY – A task force charged with evaluating potential impacts on Dutchess County from the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant has come out with its report. It says the county should have a voice in the permitting process. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence Cement issued a minority report on the same topic. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Northampton, MA – For many people, comics are an entertaining part of the newspaper. But for a growing number of people, comics are as relevant as any other medium. A class at Umass Amherst looks at the history of comics and where the genre might be headed. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York may join a growing number of states that ban the burning of household and farm trash in backyard burn barrels. State law currently allows for open burning of solid waste in towns with a population of 20,000 or less. Legislation has been proposed that would prohibit such open burning statewide. But farmers are concerned that there is no viable option for them to turn to if a ban is imposed More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Carmel, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is set to implement a project that would cut down on the amount of stormwater pollutants that enter a lower-Hudson Valley reservoir. If this system proves successful, other DEP sites in the Hudson Valley watershed region would play host to similar projects. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Just over one year ago, Stephen Downs was arrested at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland NY after refusing to remove a t-shirt that featured an anti-war slogan. The event attracted national and international attention. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to the man at the center of the controversy one year ago for his thoughts on what happened.
Montpelier, VT – Child care is becoming a part of town planning in Vermont. A new law requires that towns incorporate planning for child care facilities into their long-range plans. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers reconvened again today to tackle the polarizing question of gay marriage. Legislators have had a month off from voting on the highly charged issue. Gay rights supporters are hoping any amendment that would take away their marriage rights will be blocked, while conservative groups are hoping to make same sex marriage illegal. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Hudson, NY – A New York State Department official has requested additional information from Columbia County's St. Lawrence Cement Company, saying previous information on the proposed 320-million-dollar Greenport plant is unsatisfactory. Plant opponents hail the letter as a strong blow to St. Lawrence. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.