Pittsfield, MA – A 100-year-old baseball park in Berkshire County that's now vacant could see the stadium restored and a minor league team return. Talks are underway between the Pittsfield mayor and a group of Berkshire County investors whose proposal was rejected by the city 3 years ago. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
New York, NY – The U.S. Conference of Mayors issued a report last week saying 76 percent of cities surveyed have not received any money from the country's homeland security program. One of New York's Senators addressed the Mayors, and introduced legislation to speed up the funding. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is tired of the bureaucracy that is holding up the funds, especially for a state that is consistently on the radar of terrorists. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Sea lamprey control programs will likely start on Lake Champlain this year. Vermont's governor has announced such efforts will be a priority for his administration. Also, Vermont's senior Senator has procured funding for lamprey control projects on New York tributaries into the lake. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Adams, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's announcement that he wants to expand charter schools around the state was immediately met with sharp criticism. The news comes as Berkshire County's only charter school prepares to open in the fall amid lingering criticism. School officials are in the midst of knocking on doors to explain more about the charter school to local parents. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Buchanan, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is creating an office in the name of emergency preparedness. A staunch opponent of one of the NRC's charges - Indian Point -- says the change is a mask for an underlying problem. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York's Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect 6 months ago. The Adirondack Tobacco Free Network Coalition covers Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren Washington and Saratoga counties. The group has released the results of a survey that they say counters the perception that bars and restaurants are losing business due to the smoking ban. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – A grassroots group that challenged politics as usual in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is being recognized by a statewide organization this weekend. The group called WHEN, or Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods, first focused on bringing more women to what had been an all-male city council. Now they're working to bring about wider changes in the city. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – Governor Pataki's state budget address outlined his environmental initiatives for the coming year. Environmental groups are giving it a lukewarm reception. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Washington DC – Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy proposed health care for all Americans today. In a speech to health care advocates, he said he'll propose legislation that would mean all citizens would be covered at a cost of $100 billion a year. The proposal is a direct challenge to recent health care proposals from President Bush. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – In the State of the Union Address, the President criticized judges' decisions forcing state legislatures to re-define marriage laws to include gay and lesbian couples. Reaction in Vermont - with the nation's only "civil union" statute - and New York's North Country is as mixed as the debate was over civil unions. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.