Plattsburgh, NY – Dairy farmers throughout the region are closely watching the reported case of mad-cow disease in Washington state. Here in the Northeast, the primary concern lies in the potential economic fallout, rather than a possible outbreak of the disease in the dairy herd. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Pittsfield, MA – One week from today, a new mayor will be sworn into office in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Outgoing mayor Sara Hathaway lost her bid for re-election. Reflecting on her term, she says Pittsfield is ready for continued progress. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Kingston, NY – The design for the tallest building in the world was unveiled last week. The Freedom Tower will occupy the World Trade Center site, and stand one-thousand, seven-hundred, seventy-six feet tall. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a stress and trauma expert about how different segments of the population might be affected by the news, and the building.
Clinton County/Canada – he Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce recently released their biennial report assessing the economic impact of Canada on Clinton County. It indicates over a Billion dollars in direct economic activity between Canada and the New York county. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
New York, NY – The program that extends unemployment benefits across the nation expired over the weekend. Now, a New York Senator is calling for extending such benefits to be a top priority when the Senate returns next month. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Springfield, MA – Buses in Springfield, Massachusetts will soon have microphones installed over drivers seats. It's a move that transportation officials say will improve safety. But bus drivers and the American Civil Liberties Union have objected. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Essex Junction, VT – IBM's Essex Junction, Vermont plant will continue to get a discounted rate from Green Mountain Power under a deal approved by Vermont utility regulators. Critics say the deal is unfair to other electric ratepayers. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – One of the major questions facing the New York governor and leaders of the State Legislature in Albany next year, will be how to comply with a major court decision on education. Eariler this year, the Court of Appeals gave state leaders until the middle of next summer to come up with a new education funding system. WAMC's senior correspondent Brian Shields has more.
Hudson Falls, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency has put out draft quality-of-life standards for the Hudson River PCB Cleanup Project. It is the first time the EPA has come out with such benchmarks in a Superfund project. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are passing up more than a billion dollars worth of food stamps every year. That's according to a new report from the Nutrition Consortium of New York State. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.