Plattsburgh, NY – Democrats in New York State are funneling money into state races where they believe Republican incumbents are vulnerable. On the Democratic "short list" is Republican incumbent assemblyman Chris Ortloff from the 114th district. Ortloff has held office for 18 years in a district that state Democrats have largely ignored. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Ghent, NY – A New York Assembly Republican Task Force has been making the rounds in parts of the Hudson Valley. Task force members have been touring farms in two counties at the end of a statewide tour and public forum to hear concerns and ideas from local farmers. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has been sorting through sensitive racial issues recently. This week there were continued protests which stem from the release of photographs of students leaders posing in front of a Ku Klux Klan drawing. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the latest.
Albany, NY – New York State's Education Commissioner says that after three years with no improvement, 4th and 8th grade math test scores in New York have gone up. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Pittsfield, MA – A plan that had died once before to renovate a historic baseball park in Berkshire County has died again. The same group of investors who previously tried to bring professional baseball to the county had been invited back. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports that the variables were different this time around, but the end result is the same.
Kingston, NY – There is a public forum in Kingston, New York, this evening about two waterfront development proposals. Those following the proposals say if the projects are built as planned, the City of Kingston would see a twenty-five percent increase in its population, and a much changed waterfront. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview.
Bennington, VT – A 67-year old grandmother was in court this morning to hear whether she would go to jail for her role in a anti-war protest last year. Vermont anti-war groups were taken aback when she was convicted and have been calling the judicial proceedings unfair and politically motivated. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Amazing as it might seem... it hasn't even been a hundred years since women got the right to vote in America. But where women once had to struggle to gain the attention of politicians... the political world is now focused intently upon them. WAMC's Greg Dahlmann has more on how the Bush and Kerry campaigns are approaching women voters in the 2004 presidential election.
Poughkeepsie, NY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have prioritized who should be vaccinated with the flu shot this season. The move comes after U.S. health officials learned yesterday that the nation's flu vaccine supply will be cut in half for this season because one of two producers of flu vaccines for the U.S. cannot release its share. In New York, state and county health officials are figuring out how they will be affected. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.