Albany, NY – The number of patients at state-operated psychiatric centers in New York has declined significantly. The Pataki Administration is now considering closing some of the facilities as treatment of the mentally ill has moved from institutions to locally-based programs. WAMC's senior correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A fundraising sale of Haitian art is on tap at Poughkeepsie's Vassar College this week. The proceeds go entirely to advance education in one of Haiti's villages. Given the politically volatile climate in Haiti this year, those charged with selecting the art could not travel to the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and instead imported tens of thousands of dollars worth of art, sight unseen, onto the college's campus. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Burlington, VT – The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies was officially launched Monday. It's an initiative that officials and the business community hope will help diversify Vermont's economy and boost economic development in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – The gay marriage debate continues after yesterday's vote by Massachusetts lawmakers to ban same sex marriage. The outcome didn't please either end of the spectrum, but many politicians said the vote struck a compromise. Today, Governor Romney continues his appeal to the Attorney General to block same sex marriages from starting to take place in May. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Federal district courts in California, Nebraska, and New York start separate trials today on legal challenges to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. President Bush signed the Act in November 2003, and certain abortion providers sued, gaining a temporary restraining order to prevent the law's implementation. Opponents of the Act say the ban is unconstitutional, and a woman's health is not protected. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Vernon, VT – Vermont and federal regulators are set to meet Wednesday to discuss the performance of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant and its plans to increase power production. Officials also plan a public meeting to discuss how it will review the power upgrade request. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York Public Interest Research Group researchers spent January and February examining pharmacies' compliance with New York's prescription drug disclosure law, in order to see how easily consumers could access drug prices. Their report shows many pharmacies aren't making it easy for consumers to compare prescription prices. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hudson, NY – Friends of Hudson is denouncing St. Lawrence Cement for avoiding a new air pollution control technology that the plant opponent says could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Connecticut and Massachusetts environmental regulators have filed comments with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation supporting the technology for the proposed Greenport plant. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.