Stockbridge, MA – A controversial school for troubled students in Berkshire County will reportedly close this summer. The news comes after a strong of state investigations into the DeSisto school over health and safety concerns. Despite some of the school's tangles with the state, many parents remain strong supporters of the school. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Dalton, MA – Massachusetts' longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives announced Friday he won't seek another term. Representative Shaun Kelly was first elected to the House in 1990. He tells WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson that it was a difficult decision not to seek re-election, but that he never intended to make a career of politics.
Great Barrington, MA – The New England Livestock Alliance is New England's largest producer of grass-fed beef. Yesterday, the organization was presented with two federal grants that will help the group expand. The money will be partially used to recruit more farmers, which the livestock group hopes could bring more New England farmland back into production. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Ticonderoga, NY – The Cartoon Museum used to be in the Warren County village of Hague's Old Town Hall. But when village officials demolished the building, the Cartoon Museum had to find a new home. The new museum opened on April Fools Day. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley took a tour of the Cartoon Museum, now in Ticonderoga, New York.
Greenport, NY – The American Lung Association of New York State is the latest to join a coalition that opposes the construction of the St. Lawrence Cement Greenport plant in Columbia County. Plant opponents say the credibility of the Lung Association strengthens their cause. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency were in Pittsfield, Massachusetts last night to give an update on the Housatonic River cleanup. As the removal of PCBs continues downstream, the agency is also in the final stages of a report that will help determine how much more of the river should be cleaned. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber has signed a partnership agreement with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The two groups plan to pursue cooperative efforts, including further development of the Quebec-New York Trade Corridor, upgrading the Champlain-LaColle border crossing and governmental issues. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Buchanan, NY – Two environmental groups are making a final attempt to convince the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that Indian Point should be shut down until a certain safety issue is addressed. The NRC had issued the petitioners a draft letter saying it did not think shutting down the plant was appropriate. That letter is ahead of a final decision expected in the coming weeks. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the story.
Adams, MA – Berkshire County's first charter school continues to be controversial. As it marches toward its fall opening, the town where the school is based might join a lawsuit to prevent the school from opening. At the same time, some education officials say Pittsfield fits the criteria for a charter school to be based there. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against New York and the state Department of Health on behalf of at least 12 gay couples who contend that it's illegal for the state to discriminate against same sex couples based on marriage. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.