New Paltz, NY – On a day when U.S. Senate members prevented passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, two New York ministers celebrated a legal victory. The two Unitarian Universalist ministers that were cleared Tuesday of criminal charges for marrying same-sex couples without a license, say their win will carry over into discrimination battles across the nation. Meanwhile, their attorney had stern words for district attorney in the case. WAMC's Allison Dunne has this report.
Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki came to the Corning Preserve along the Hudson River in Albany Thursday to announce more than 3-million dollars in state grants for Hudson River clean up work and historic, recreation and open space projects. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Northampton, MA – As the black bear population continues to increase in the eastern United States -- and people move deeper into the woods to build houses -- the number of human-bear interactions has steadily risen. State officials in Massachusetts are helping residents in the western part of the state figure out how to coexist with the animals. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Killington, VT – Town officials from Killington, Vermont were in Concord, New Hampshire Tuesday for a meeting with Governor Craig Benson. The town is unhappy with Vermont's tax structure and wants to secede from the Green Mountain State and join New Hampshire. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley...
Boston, MA – A Massachusetts judge will hear arguments this afternoon on a lawsuit filed by eight out-of-state gay couples, who want to an injunction against a law that prevents same sex couples from other states from getting married in Massachusetts. The couples say the law is discriminatory...but the state of Massachusetts says the law is helping prevent a national backlash against gay marriage. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – A combined law enforcement effort using local, state, county and federal agencies is underway in Albany. Operation Impact has been undercover for two months but on Tuesday Governor George Pataki joined local offcials to officially make the public announcement. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – Some senators, along with scientists, are questioning the decision by top FDA officials to prevent a morning-after pill from being sold over-the-counter. They say the decision to overrule advisory panels and staff is unusual, and could point to political, rather than scientific, motivation. Eight senators have requested a meeting with FDA officials to hear their rationale for the decision. WAMC's Allison Dunne filed this report.
Tupper Lake, NY – New York State's Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental US. It is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Great Smokey Mountains and Grand Canyon National Parks combined! There are cultural and arts museums, and interpretive centers within the park. But there has not been a place to highlight the nature and environment of the Adirondack region. That will soon change. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is in his home state today for a series of campaign events. As he's campaigning, Massachusetts legislators and Governor Mitt Romney continue their back and forth over what would happen with Kerry's Senate seat if he wins the presidential race in November. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Washington, DC – The US House voted Thursday on a plan that would keep the federal government from using the Patriot Act to demand book store and library records. But the proposal, offered by Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders, failed when House leadership kept voting open past the scheduled time. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.