Poughkeepsie, NY – Riverfront revitalization was on the table yesterday at a forum at Marist College. City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Nancy Cozean put together the discussion that included New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Participants addressed how to link Poughkeepsie's waterfront to the rest of the city. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with three of the roundtable speakers.
South Hadley, MA – With less than a quarter of scientists in this country being female, and an even smaller percentage being minorities, to be a minority woman in the sciences is rare. A program in Western Massachusetts at Mount Holyoke College has received national attention for its program that links aspiring students with role models they can identify with. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Poughkeepsie, New York – Hudson Valley consumers complain the most about the auto industry. That's according to New York's attorney general, who says this type of complaint puts them on par with New Yorkers statewide. Meanwhile the Better Business Bureau put out it own list of top ten consumer complaints, which shows Metro New Yorkers have different gripes. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Washington DC – With fresh victories this weekend in Maine, Michigan and Washington, Senator John Kerry is looking unbeatable. The Democratic front-runner is surging ahead of his competitors on the way to becoming the Democratic presidential challenger. And his huge leads are prompting him to distance himself from the pack and focus his attacks on George Bush. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany NY – Two New York State lawmakers plan to announce new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers and individuals money on prescription drugs. Groups and organizations advocating for lower costs are curious to see what strategy the new legislation will take to address the issue More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.....
Boston, MA – Massachusetts House Speaker Tom Finneran said yesterday he will try and find a way to prevent gay marriages from taking place in May. Under a ruling from the state's highest court, that's when the gay marriage can first take place. Democrats huddled over the issue yesterday but didn't emerge with any consensus on how to move forward. Both parties responses reveal the deep divide surrounding gay marriage. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A federal court this week ruled that new power plants must install so-called closed-cycle cooling technology. Environmentalists say the decision will not only minimize fish kills, but set the stage for ordering existing plants to do the same. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – SUNY Plattsburgh officially launched its Institute on Quebec Studies this week. Operating within the college's Center for the Study of Canada, it will offer a minor in Quebec studies. It will also provide a number of cultural and business outreach initiatives to enhance the ties between the Canadian province and the northern New York and Vermont region. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts highest court cleared the way yesterday for same sex marriages to take place in May. But the hotly-debated issue is far from resolved. It now moves to lawmakers, who will debate whether to amend the state's constitution in a way that bans gay marriage. The question is whether the court ruling should be allowed to stand or whether Massachusetts voters should have the option to change the state's constitution. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – Governor Dean is now considered a long-shot for the Democratic presidential nomination. Dean is promising to stay in the Democratic race, even without a victory following yesterday's primaries and caucuses. Dean supporters are pleased their candidate plans to continue, but others are questioning his strategy and whether continuing the campaign is a good idea. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.