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.
Plattsburgh, NY – The State University of New York has received a 100-thousand dollar grant to launch a campaign against binge drinking throughout the college system. The Century Council, a non-profit education agency funded by distillers, is providing the funds to SUNY. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Hudson, NY – Connecticut lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony today from public health officials about how they plan to deal with the shortage of flu vaccines this year. WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris has the story.
Albany, NY – A New York State judge has dismissed a challenge to the state's air pollution regulations aimed at reducing acid rain. Labor unions and industry groups had sought to have them invalidated just days after the state had mandated their implementation under emergency rules last August. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Stockbridge, MA – A order for Massachusetts cities and towns to check for racial profiling was upheld yesterday. More than one hundred towns had filed an appeal that would have exempted them from colleting data, but the Attorney General only granted two appeals -- one of which was for the town of Stockbridge in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.