Albany, NY – Marketers of alternative energy are excited about a plan by New York Governor Goerge Pataki's administration to increase the use of alternative fuels in New York. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Thousands of cable customers in Berkshire County who were hoping for refunds on their cable bills will have to wait to see if the refunds will be coming or not. It looks as if the Federal Communications Commission will be making that decision instead of the state of Massachusetts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The rains that made for a wet summer are still being felt by New York's agricultural industry. Some fields have still not dried out from the summer rains and remnants of hurricanes, and harvests are being delayed or lost as a result. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – A preliminary budget has been presented to city of Plattsburgh councillors. The budget they will review calls for a one-point-zero-seven percent property tax increase with no reduction in city services. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Pittsfield, MA – An historic baseball park in Berkshire County with an embattled history was finally on the road to renovation this year. But now its future is once again in jeopardy, over differences in a union dispute. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – More than 150 people gathered in a meeting room at Plattsburgh State Thursday night to watch and then discuss the presidential debate between John Kerry and George Bush. Organizers formatted the subsequent discussion so that there would be no media influence over post-debate comments. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Williamstown, MA – A Massachusetts Congressman is taking complaints about mail delivery in Berkshire County straight to the United States Postmaster General. Residents in a mobile home park that's also a retirement community say a new mail arrangement prevents some of them from getting their own mail...and they say a compromise that was supposed to fix the situation has been ignored. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Environmental organization Clearwater has set sail on a new course. Clearwater's Executive Director says it's familiar water. It's just that something happened from the time of the launch of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 35 years ago, to now. Clearwater's mission to save the river became clouded. Clearwater Executive Director Andy Mele has plans for the organization's renewed direction, and shared them with WAMC's Allison Dunne, in the second part of a two-part interview.
Plattsburgh, NY – Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of milk? From June to July, the average retail price of milk decreased three cents, while the price to farmers decreased 28 cents. New York Senator Charles Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate why dairy farmers are getting less for their product while consumers are paying more for dairy products.
Albany, NY – State officials will conduct expanded testing for lead contamination in the neighborhoods near the former NL industries site in Colonie near the city line of Albany. A state legislator says radioactive contamination at the site is more widespread than previously known. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.