Albany, NY – Assisted living facilities provide independent living for elder people while providing personal care and health services. Until now, there has been no legal definition in New York of just what constitutes an assisted living facility. This week, the New York State legislature passed legislation to codify the industry and implement consumer protections. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Greens are planning to reject their national party's nominee for president and instead place Ralph Nader's name on the Vermont ballot. While such a move could create chaos in a swing state, the major party leaders in Vermont are downplaying any significance to the Green's efforts there. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hudson, NY – Opponents of the proposed St. Lawrence Cement Greenport plant have fired off a letter to New York's Secretary of State. They want state department officials to consider local data on weather patterns in relation to the potential effects of air emissions from the proposed plant. St. Lawrence officials say the local information is unnecessary. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Great Barrington, MA – A movement that's afoot in Berkshire County to name a new school after a leading civil rights advocate and scholar who was born in the county has become controversial. At a meeting on Wednesday night, a group of supporters urged school officials to keep and open mind as they move through the naming process. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont's governor and attorney general have announced that Vermont will file suit against the Food and Drug Administration over the issue of importing drugs from Canada. Vermont will be the first state in the nation to sue the FDA for blocking what state officials say is a responsible reimportation proposal. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the massive blackout that affected several Northeastern states, including New York. Now, two New York Senators are using the anniversary in separately calling for measures to increase accountability and reliability of the electricity industry. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
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.