Plattsburgh, NY – The first of five public hearings on the impact of Governor Pataki's vetoes of higher education funding is being held in Plattsburgh today. The New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education will use the information from the hearings to help their efforts for a veto override. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The New York State Lobbying Commission will be holding a public hearing to try to persuade Governor Pataki and the state legislature to strengthen New York's lobbying laws. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent, Karen Dewitt filed this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – US health authorities trying to overcome a massive shortage of flu vaccine are looking north of the border. ID Biomedical of Vancouver confirms it is in discussions with the U-S Food and Drug Administration about the problem. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Middletown, NY – Congresswoman Sue Kelly has introduced legislation that would establish a national central register of child abuse or neglect cases and enable state and local child protective services to better prevent abused or neglected children from being placed in the care of abusers. WAMC's Hank Gross has more.
Albany, NY – An Amtrak train from Miami, Florida passed through upstate New York today on its way to Toronto, Canada. As WAMC's Senior Correspondent reports, the passengers are not going to Canada for vacation.
Londonderry, VT – The Vermont Public Service Board has given developers of a planned 33-turbine wind farm on Glebe Mountain in Londonderry permission to install two meteorological towers. Developers say its an important step in moving the project forward, but opponents say the fact these towers have been approved doesn't mean the wind farm will eventually be built. More from north Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – Crude oil prices opened at a record 54-dollars-45- cents a barrel this morning. Those prices are leading to higher prices for gas and fuel oil. Many agencies in our region that help low-income families are bracing for a winter of high heating costs and high demand for assistance. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Despite higher gasoline prices, and a lackluster stock market, New Yorkers have not soured on the economy. Thats the finding of a new consumer confidence survey. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
New Paltz, NY – Some New York State legislators from the Hudson Valley area will gather later today at SUNY New Paltz to talk about constitutional reform. The focus will be on Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's recently introduced proposals, and Brodsky will be one of the panelists. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont's congressional delegation is blaming Republican leaders in the House for killing an extension to a milk subsidy program that protects dairy farmers from low milk prices. The Milk Income Loss Compensation Program - known as "MILC" - is scheduled to expire a year from now. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.