Albany, NY – New York State has ordered emergency regulations be implemented to force power plants in the state to reduce emissions blamed for acid rain in the Adirondacks and Catskills. While environmental groups are pleased the state Department of Environmental Conservation has taken the action, they're also disappointed the action was not more stringent. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – In Massachusetts, House Speaker Thomas Finneran has outlined some of his priorities for the next legislative session. He says high on his list is ending some schools districts' practice of charging students for participating in sports and extracurricular activities. Some Berkshire County schools had to impose those fees in the face of deep budget cuts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson takes a look.
Kingston, NY – Hudson Valley residents and black bears are having more run-ins this year than last. The encounters mean an increase in the number of complaints lodged with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Springfield, MA – The fervor over prescription drugs is escalating as more state, cities and towns climb on board the bandwagon to help residents buy cheaper drugs in Canada. The FDA has aggressively opposed that practice, but now the agency has pulled back on their strong warnings. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with the former mayor of Springfield Massachusetts - which was the first city to offer Canadian drugs to its employees - about the FDA's latest position.
Burlington, VT – Vermont religious leaders have formed an organization so that people of faith can take a leadership role in confronting the environmental debate. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – Gay marriage has been grabbing headlines, from San Francisco to New Paltz, New York, since the beginning of the year. Gay marriages became legal in Massachusetts in May, while just last week, the California Supreme Court voided same-sex marriages that were performed in San Francisco, saying the city's mayor overstepped his boundaries. Despite the national attention, the issue is not at the top of either candidate's list. WAMC's Allison Dunne takes a closer look.
Plattsburgh, NY – The US military is planning another round of base closures. By November 2005, the federal government will decide which facilities will remain open and which will close. New York State is gearing up for the upcoming closure rounds with plans to protect its remaining facilities. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Saugerties, NY – An Ulster County-based non-profit organization that applied for a license to hold a gambling cruise, was turned down by the state. The president of the foundation says it's unclear why the state said no. He says regulators may be in unchartered waters with regard to his request. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Amherst, MA – A dispute that's been brewing for almost a year at the University of Massachusetts has addressed by an outside arbitrator. Foreign students at UMass have been fighting a fee that was instituted after the budget for the International Programs Office was cut by two-thirds. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.
Great Barrington, MA – The ribbon was cut today on a new health care clinic in Berkshire County that's the first of its kind in New England. According to a survey conducted by the clinic, there are more than 10,000 people in Southern Berkshire County and the neighboring parts of Connecticut and New York that fall into the health care gap. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.