Hudson, NY – A New York State Department official has requested additional information from Columbia County's St. Lawrence Cement Company, saying previous information on the proposed 320-million-dollar Greenport plant is unsatisfactory. Plant opponents hail the letter as a strong blow to St. Lawrence. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
New Paltz, NY – New Paltz Mayor Jason West spoke to supporters last night at a forum at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He said he is not worried about the lawsuits and charges filed against him. Meanwhile, those part of a group just formed to protect human rights say up to forty marriages will take place this weekend in New Paltz. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the forum.
Pittsfield, MA – Arts and culture are a big business in Berkshire County and a major driver of the local economy. Its an area Pittsfield is looking to as it hopes to improve its economy and cultural reputation. Last night, the Pittsfield city council created a new office of Cultural Development which many say can provide a framework for the arts scene to better grow. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – Today is a day of commemoration in New York State for Harriet Tubman. It is the first time the state has officially lauded the civil war abolitionist's work, and some hope it is a step towards a state holiday. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Buchanan, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has passed out its annual color-coded ratings for the nation's more than one-hundred commercial nuclear power plants. One of the two plants at Indian Point received the highest rating possible. Now the Buchanan, New York-based plants will receive less NRC oversight as a result. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – As gasoline prices approach record high levels some state leaders in New York are urging the federal government to remove a requirement that Ethanol be mixed into gasoline supplies sold in the state. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says unless Congress steps in soon passenger train service could come to a sudden stop in the U.S.. Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill to fund Amtrak, while also establishing high-speed service and better security. WAMC's Brian Shields filed this report.
Montpelier, VT – State officials held a hearing yesterday to talk about the labeling of Vermont products. Some products use the Vermont name but don't have a Vermont connection, so the state Attorney General's office is drafting regulations to help protect the Vermont brand. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
New Paltz, NY – A New Paltz Green Party members group has started a petition, urging that a village trustee remove his name from two lawsuits aimed at stopping Mayor Jason West from presiding over gay marriages. A Greens official accuses the trustee as serving as a front for Jerry Falwell Ministries. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Springfield, MA – A new bishop has been named for the Springfield Diocese. The announcement from the Vatican comes less than a month after Bishop Thomas Dupre retired amid allegations of sexual abuse. Initial reaction from church leaders and alleged victims lawyers was overwhelmingly hopeful, as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.