Newburgh, NY – There are reports of a recruiting decline in the Air National Guard. This comes at a time when guard members and reservists have been called to duty since the beginning of the month. In the Hudson Valley, the Air National Guard is bucking the national trend, with recruitment and retention numbers on the rise. Meanwhile, an area reservist with the Army National Guard says it is namely the soldiers who can tell the truth about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Allison Dunne has a look.
Albany, NY – New York State's top environmental groups have issued a report card on the Legislature's action on five priority bills. The groups gave the Legislature a failing grade after lawmakers ended the regular session without passing any of the five main issues environmentalists were pushing this year. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pownal, VT – A horse racing track in the southwest corner of Vermont is on the verge of being sold. Locals have kept an eye on the empty track for years, as different potential uses and ideas were floated in the community. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, what happens next could have regional implications.
Margaretville, NY – A coalition of environmental groups that opposes a private developer's Belleayre Resort project, is clarifying its position on New York State's Belleayre Ski Center. The reason for the explanation is to allay the concerns of a group that supports the ski center's expansion, a group that does not want any plans for the ski center to be mixed in with Crossroads Ventures' proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne continues her report on the issue.
Albany, NY – Eleven bodies of water in New York State have been added to the Health Department's sportfishing advisory due to mercury contamination. The New York State Health Department issues advisories not to eat, or to limit consumption of fish, from specific bodies of water when tests show mercury contamination. While health and environmental advocates are glad the state has added the waterways to the advisories, they also say more needs to be done. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have been waiting to see what kind of money they would receive from the state in a bailout package. The city has a $20 million gap in its budget. But lawmakers and the governor have had different ideas about how much to give Springfield. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports there's finally a conclusion.
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...