Boston, MA – According to a Massachusetts law, all schools and day care centers are required to let the state know how and when they're using pesticides. Schools in turn pass some of that information onto parents. The law was intended to reduce the amount of chemicals children are exposed to while at school, but a recent audit of the law showed most schools are not complying.
Great Barrington, MA – The first amendment has been increasingly cited and debated in the context of the war against terrorism, the Patriot Act, and the Federal Communications Commission. A one man show coming to the Berkshires this weekend takes a provocative look at those issues. WAMC"s Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with the show's creator, who is a senior editor at MAD magazine.
Saugerties, NY – After shelling out more than six-million dollars, the head of one of the top horse show circuits in the country is calling a place in the Hudson Valley the circuit's summer home. And, he says, it's the largest investment he has made in an equestrian facility. Local officials says the shows, which kick off later this week, are already a boon for the local economy, and they praise the leader of such creme-de-la-creme horse shows for his focus on the community. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.
Rhinebeck, NY – A Dutchess County legislator wants to start the ball rolling to see if a county-wide neighbor notification law for pesticide use is warranted. He's kicking off his efforts with a forum this evening, featuring a speaker from the New York Public Interest Research Group. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – A documentary produced in the wake of last year's hazing death on the Plattsburgh State campus was screened for the first time last night. While the film includes the students from the underground frat, it looks at the pervasiveness of the problem in our culture by talking with the father of a teen who died in a University of Vermont hazing incident, University of Indiana students' experiences with hazing, and experts from across the nation. Pat Bradley was at the premiere of the documentary.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A college in the Hudson Valley has become the first institution of higher education to open an Open Source Development Lab for Linux developers. The virtual lab will allow Linux developer remote access to one of the world's most powerful mainframe computers to run qualified projects and test Linux software. The college's president says the lab will prove useful on an international scale. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – State leaders in New York and members of the legislature are being urged to sign a pledge committing themselves to the fight against sexual violence. One lawmaker who signed the pledge in Albany Thursday morning knows first-hand the trauma of sexual assault. Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – A new report indicates that Vermont's economy is continuing to improve. Economists say its an upturn that's directly tied to the national and global economies. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Buchanan, NY – A report out by an independent, non-profit group of scientists says safety hazards are growing at the nation's commercial nuclear plants because reactors are aging and wearing out. The report's author says lax oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission isn't helping. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison has more.
New Paltz, NY – A New York state supreme court judge heard from both sides in a lawsuit. The case centers around whether New Paltz Mayor Jason West had the right to marry same-sex couples without a license. The mayor has been abiding by a temporary restraining order that bans him from presiding over gay marriages. The lawsuit on behalf of a New Paltz village trustee aims to make that ban permanent. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.