Albany, NY – A bill that would guarantee life in prison without parole for people who molest and murder children recently passed the New York State Legislature. Parents who know first hand the pain of having a child murdered worked to get the bill to the Governor's desk. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – Last year's flu season hit hard and early. A flu-vaccine shortage coupled with a number of flu-related deaths among children had county and state health officials scrambling to quell public concern and help those at risk. New York was no exception. New York State health officials say this year's flu season could get an even earlier start, and they say they are prepared. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Boston, MA – The speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives resigned today. Over the weekend, when the resignation was increasingly apparent, a successor emerged. He's likely to be voted into the powerful position on Wednesday and rule the House with a very different style. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Lee, MA – As water infrastructure ages around the country, more cities and towns are exploring whether to privatize their water systems. It's a polarizing issue, as one town in Berkshire County has experienced. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports that the debate has been escalating for months.
Hudson, NY – The medical staff of Columbia Memorial Hospital has passed a resolution regarding St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport plant. The physicians are urging New York's environmental regulator to fully assess the air and health impacts of the proposed plant, given the cement company's recently announced plans to lower the plant's stack height. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Amherst, MA – A grant from the federal government will go toward combating the shortage of nurses - particularly minority nurses - in Western Massachusetts and beyond. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Patterson, NY – A law signed by New York Governor George Pataki translates into nearly two-million dollars in annual tax revenue for the Hudson Valley's Putnam County. In addition, two land acquisitions in the county will protect more than 550 acres combined. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has this report.
Albany, NY – As plans move forward for the dredging of PCB's from the upper Hudson River, two communities have had very different eactions to the possibility of being the location of a de-watering facility. The site would be where the PCB-laden sediment taken from the river would be processed before it is shipped out to landfills. WAMC'S Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency says the nation's air is the cleanest ever in three decades. And in another annual status report, the EPA cites improvements in the Adirondacks, pointing to a one-third drop in acid rain pollution. Some environmentalists hail the progress, but say there are some areas in need of major improvement. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – When Governor Romney signed a funding bill last week, he vetoed many projects around the state for lack of resources or information. A few of those were based in Berkshire County. But there were two proposals in Pittsfield that escaped a veto. Both are part of ongoing efforts to spruce up the city's worn downtown. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.