Albany, NY – An environmental coalition that monitors the cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River has handed out grades to the parties involved. New York Governor George Pataki and the EPA earned the best grades, with GE and local elected officials faring the worst. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Montpelier, VT – Groups against the use of genetically-modified seeds have placed a full page ad in a Vermont newspaper urging legislators to "call a time out" on use of the organisms. But such a moratorium may be against the law. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – The US Border Patrol is defending the safety of a checkpoint on the Adirondack Northway that was the site of a bus/tractor-trailer accident this past weekend that injured more than 50 people. Questions are being raised as to whether the signs leading up to the stop were a factor in the collision. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Shandaken, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued for public comment a draft permit for the discharge of water from the Shandaken Tunnel to the Esopus Creek. The permit seeks to address the problems with the sediment-laden water that comes from the Schoharie Reservoir. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Hadley, MA – Salmon raised in hatcheries around the Northeast will be tested to see if they contain unhealthy levels of chemicals. US Fish and Wildlife announced the tests this week in response to a major study that showed farmed salmon were more contaminated than their wild counterparts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Massachusetts has never recovered from the massive job loss that followed General Electric's departure from the city. But now the city has a concrete plan to create more jobs...specifically 150 jobs a year that pay at least $35,000 a year. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Hudson, NY – The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a petition to the United Nations on behalf of post-September Eleventh detainees. Among those detainees is a Pakistani immigrant who was living in Hudson, New York, until early 2002, when he was placed in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. In addition, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling for swift action in the immigrant's case. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Although Howard Dean has dropped out of the presidential race, his supporters are still working to get out the vote for their candidate. Tonight, "North Country Folks for Dean" in Plattsburgh, New York are planning a meet-up. It's part of an effort to accumulate Dean delegates for the national convention. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Louis Riel is the latest graphic novel from Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown. Brown spoke to WAMC's Alan Doane about the book and his career as a cartoonist, which officially began in 1986 -- but Brown says he always knew he wanted to draw cartoons...