Pittsfield, MA – The economy in Berkshire County is an increasingly tourism dependant one, and much of that tourism is cultural ... theaters, music and art. The county's biggest city, Pittsfield, has been trying to tap into that cultural economy. Tonight, the city could take another step in that direction. More from WAMC' Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Kerhonkson, NY – An Ulster County, New York resident who traveled to Iraq prior to the war is challenging the government's imposition of a fine, and possible criminal penalties. The woman had traveled to Iraq as a human shield in February of 2003, and stayed about one month. She and her lawyer say there is an unconstitutional attempt to control information and humanitarian travel. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
South Burlington, VT – A judge has rejected an environmental group's request to stop construction of a Lowe's Home Center store in South Burlington, Vermont. The state Water Resources Board has issued a stormwater permit for the project, but the Conservation Law Foundation is appealing, and wants the project stopped. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire County has a growing drug problem and dwindling funding to tackle that problem ... That was the refrain heard from about 25 community members who met with Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healy on Friday. Healy was in Pittsfield to meet with local officials as part of her round-the-state tour to hear about urban problems. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Vernon, VT – Unionized workers at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant have authorized a strike. If contract negotiations fail, the beginning of the strike could coincide with a visit by the CEO of the plant's parent company. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Albany, NY – WAMC today begins a 12-part series designed to look at where the candidates stand on certain issues. In 2006 Medicare will start offering a prescription drug benefit to seniors. The law that set up this benefit - the Medicare Modernization Act - has been the subject of much debate- especially a provision that forbids the government from negotiating on behalf of beneficiaries for lower drug prices. As Greg Dahlmann reports, this debate has carried over into the presidential contest.
Shandaken, NY – Public hearings begin next month on proposed revisions to watershed recreation rules. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has put out the draft rules for public comment. DEP officials say the revisions are needed for outdated regulations that do not account for hiking and hunting. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Orchardists say they normally lose about a dozen apple trees each year. But the weather this past winter led to the deaths of trees that even scientists thought were hardy enough for the conditions. While apple growers in northern New York are dealing with the loss of almost 25-thousand trees, the overall apple crop in the state is predicted to be quite good. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Ralph Nader's presidential campaign in Massachusetts could be in trouble. The deadline was earlier this week for his campaign to submit signatures to cities and towns across the state in order to get on the ballot...but state officials are saying the deadline might have been missed. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
White Plains, NY – A county executive from New York's lower Hudson Valley is calling on the state's Attorney General to investigate tobacco companies that sell flavored cigarettes. He is concerned the cigarettes are marketed to young people, and thinks their sale could violate the nationwide tobacco settlement agreement. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.