Burlington, VT – A bill has been introduced in the Vermont House that would allow gay couples to marry. The bill is intended to counter a proposed Constitutional amendment that has been introduced in the Vermont Senate defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appointed an interim district attorney in Berkshire County. David Capeless will take over as the county's lead prosecutor, stepping up from his position as second-in-charge. By choosing Capeless, who's a Democrat, the Massachusetts Bar Association and others say Romney is being true to his word of making nonpartisan judicial appointments. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Kingston, NY – A Hudson Valley area assemblyman has put forth legislation that would define a dangerous dog as a deadly weapon. Part of the measure would allow municipalities to ban breeds, though the assemblyman says the bill does not single out one breed over another. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – A request to exempt New York from using ethanol in gasoline sits with the Environmental Protection Agency. New York Senator Charles Schumer is urging the EPA to grant the waiver, saying gas prices could rise without the exemption. The EPA granted such a waiver to New Hampshire earlier this week, a decision which, some say, has no bearing on New York. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief reports.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts State Lottery started running commercials this week for the first time since 1997. It's hoped the ads will generate more revenue for the state. Traditionally, profits from the lottery are funneled back to cities and towns. But some money in Massachusetts remains with the state. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Ticonderoga, NY – International Paper must change its federal air and water permits as it attempts to move forward with a test burn of tires for fuel at its Ticonderoga, New York mill. New York environmental officials requested the change, which will also allow for public hearings in both New York and Vermont. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Bennington, VT – Environmentalists want 60 bodies of water in the Green Mountain National Forest to be managed under the strictest level of protection. But those in the forestry industry are concerned that there could be a negative impact for loggers and others who work in the Forest. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – A program that has created job opportunities in New York is in need of reform. So says a Hudson Valley area assemblyman, who is calling on Governor George Pataki to stop the abuses and seal the loopholes. Others agree, saying the Empire Zone program needs to have more accountability. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry showed his win in the Iowa caucus wasn't just a fluke, with his big victory in New Hampshire yesterday. Now that he's firmly established as the candidate to beat, dynamics on the campaign trail may shift. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Fuel dealers in eastern New York and Vermont are warning that propane prices may rise because of a pipeline fire in upstate New York. But the problem lies in the distribution system, and not the supply of propane. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.