Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was in Berkshire County yesterday to swear in the new District Attorney. David Capeless is the county's fourth DA. He vowed to follow in his much-loved predecessor's footsteps as the county's top prosecutor. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – On Friday, gay and lesbian couples across New York State are planning to go to town clerks' offices to request marriage licenses. If they are denied, a class-action suit, based on the states's Domestic Relations Law, will be filed. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Rowe, MA – An accident in Western Massachusetts on Tuesday involved radioactive material from a nuclear plant. The level of radioactivity was determined to be very low, but Yankee Nuclear Power Station has suspended shipments of similar material until they can determine what led to the accident. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Burlington, VT – Burlington Town Meeting Day voters overwhelmingly endorsed an advisory referendum on medical marijuana. More than eighty percent of voters cast their ballots in support of legalizing medical marijuana in Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – In Massachusetts, legislators and lobbyists are gearing up for next week's continued debate on gay marriage. A lobbyist with one of the state's biggest gay rights groups was in Berkshire County last night to shed some light on the political ins and outs of the issue. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Montpelier, VT – It's Town Meeting Day in Vermont. The presidential primary is only one item of business. Communities across the Green Mountain State are voting on town and school budgets, electing town officials and deciding a myriad of issues. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A portion of the New York State Thruway in Albany and Schenectady Counties is now under study as the highway marks 50 years. The Albany Corridor, one of the busier parts of the Thruway, could undergo some major work in the next few years. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Great Barrington, MA – On this Super Tuesday, John Kerry hopes to sweep all ten primaries and caucuses around the country. In his home state of Massachusetts, thousands of volunteers are working the phones in the hopes of a massive Kerry win. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was at a few Berkshire polling places today, checking in with some Massachusetts voters.
Albany, NY – A recent call by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for the government to cut Social Security benefits raised new debate and concern over the solvency of the retirement system. The president-elect of the AARP, in Syracuse for a national forum on Social Security, said there is no cause for alarm. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – Yesterday, activists called on Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to create a panel that would investigate clergy abuse in the state. The calls came on the heels of a national survey of clergy sex abuse that was released this weekend and continuing controversy in the Springfield diocese. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.