Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled to undergo a special inspection as part of the Public Service Board's conditional approval of a plan to increase the plant's power output. Vermont Governor James Douglas says he may request the addition of an independent observer to the team conducting that engineering inspection. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Richmond, MA – A Berkshire County-based livestock group is ahead of the US Department of Agriculture in developing a tracking system for their cattle. The push to create such a program at the federal level was intensified after an outbreak of mad cow disease...but the system is still in the process of being developed. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has the update.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A U.S. Congresswoman, along with county-level officials and others, will be on hand in a Dutchess County park tomorrow to raise awareness about Lyme disease. Dutchess ranks number two in the nation for counties with the highest number of lyme disease cases. County health department officials say it's neighbor to the north, Columbia County, takes up the number one spot. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Lake Placid, NY – This weekend Lake Placid will host a two-day music festival. Artists will play a range of styles from zydeco to rock to blues. This festival has a philanthropic edge: a portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – As John Kerry officially became the Democratic Presidential nominee last night, the inside of the Fleet Center was buzzing with thousands of supporters. But, as WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson reports, a different story was playing out beyond the convention center floor.
Boston, MA – On the floor of the Fleet Center in Boston, the crowds get thicker as each night builds to its crescendo. By the end of the night, it becomes nearly impossible to try and make your way closer to the podium. But the Massachusetts delegation doesn't have to elbow its way close to the front, since they have the best seats in the house. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson checked in with some delegates from the Berkshires.
Rhinebeck, NY – A forum about the proposed St. Lawrence Cement Greenport plant for Columbia County was held in Dutchess County last night. The Greenport plant is the largest industrial project to be proposed in New York under modern, environmental regulations. During a question-and-answer session, plant opponent Friends of Hudson's president challenged St. Lawrence officials to petition top state regulators for a certain ruling. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there, and filed this report.
Burlington, VT – State regulators are threatening Fletcher Allen health Care with fines of one thousand dollars a day if the Burlington VT hospital fails to turn in proper financial reports. But hospital officials say they have tried to comply with requirements and the state is overreacting. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Michael Dukakis addressed Massachusetts delegates in Boston this morning. Dukakis is keeping a low profile during this week and will not speak at the convention. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson caught up with him and has this report.
Stone Ridge, NY – Many of New York's community colleges are raising tuition, including those in the Hudson Valley. A report out by the New York Public Interest Research Group shows tuition increases across the state average four percent, or $114 dollars per year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the presidents of two area colleges about the increases.