Burlington, VT – Vermonters may be in for a shock when they get their heating oil bills this winter. Adjusted for inflation, the American Petroleum Institute is predicting that prices could be the highest ever. But dealers and distributors say it may be too early to accurately determine winter pricing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – A federal judge in New York has ruled the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional. The ruling came from a lawsuit brought by the National Abortion Federation on behalf of its members. Whether the ruling highlights the issue in presidential politics remains to be seen. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Great Barrington, MA – Two surveys are out in Massachusetts that show a jump in the number of uninsured residents. Health care advocates are calling for something to be done other than just surveying the scene. Meantime, the percentage of New Yorkers without health insurance dropped. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Great Barrington, MA – In the Berkshires, a new glossy magazine will focus on the region's lifestyle and culture. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief reports, other areas with a branded identity have their own similar magazines.
Poughkeepsie, New York – There is a portion of the recently passed New York State budget that will take nearly $23 million dollars in speeding ticket fines from the pockets of local governments. That money will instead go to the state. Town officials say they are taken aback by the move, and are scrambling to assess how their localities would be affected. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Hadley, MA – The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a law passed in Western Massachusetts to slow development is unconstitutional. The ruling will have implications throughout the state since about 50 other towns had similar bylaws in place that are now open to attack. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Several environmental groups have released a regional report card on efforts to reduce in-state sources of mercury. Once a leader in mercury reduction efforts, Vermont now receives some of the worst grades in the region. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Amherst, MA – Just as tomatoes are ripening in the Northeast, a fungus is threatening to wipe out some plants. A blight has appeared in some parts of New York and some New England states, and Massachusetts agricultural representatives are keeping an eye out in Western Massachusetts. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Kingston, NY – New overtime rules took effect yesterday. For the U.S. Secretary of Labor, that means more than six million workers will benefit. For critics of the measure, it means more than six million workers will suffer. Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey is one who pans the new rules, and says middle-income Americans will see a pay cut. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.