Albany, NY – Twenty years ago, on July 8, 2004, Albany police shot and killed a mentally ill African American man. The death of Jessie Davis led to changes in police and mental health procedures in the city. Community activists, police and elected officials came together on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the shooting. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Monticello, NY – Nearly one week after video-lottery terminals opened in the Hudson Valley's Sullivan County, a court decision yesterday says the way in which the revenue from these VLT's is disbursed is unconstitutional. A state senator from the region says he's been working with legislators since the decision came down on how to work out the issue. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Lake George, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency will hold two hearings today regarding the proposed siting of a cell tower on Pilot Knob, overlooking Lake George. Many residents of the area oppose the plan, and say alternatives to the design and the site have not been fully assessed. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has this report.
Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont has selected a new head of their College of Engineering and Mathematics. The appointment of a nationally renowned innovator in science education may also increase Vermont's ability to entice high-tech companies to the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – It's now been almost two months since the first gay marriages were legalized in Massachusetts. Some Berkshire County couples whose same sex marriages were among the first in the state told their stories last night. They all said they were proud to defy the predictions of gay rights opponents who said same sex marriages would have a negative societal impact....but opponents of gay marriage say it's too soon to come to any conclusions. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Buchanan, NY – The top nuclear regulator is coming to Indian Point territory next week. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff members will be in Westchester County one week from tomorrow to speak with the public about plans to store spent nuclear fuel from Indian Point's two plants in a so-called dry cask storage system. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Pittsburgh, PA – Political observers are weighing in on Senator John Kerry's newly named running mate, Senator John Edwards. Kerry made the announcement this morning. While Edwards might not bring electoral votes to the Kerry campaign, he does bring charisma and optimism. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with some political observers in Massachusetts, who presented different views of Kerry's choice.
Albany, NY – New York Democrats are reacting to Tuesday's announcement by Senator John Kerry that he has selected North Carolina Senator John Edwards as his running mate on the presidential ticket. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A Dutchess County legislative committee is set to take up the issue of how to label depleted uranium in transport. The goal is to follow in the footsteps of Ulster County in urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to throw out an exemption that labels the shipments as "explosive". Supporters of the local measure want to see the shipments labeled as "radioactive." WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – The New York Public Interest Research Group has compiled an inter-active CD database of state politicians, who contributes to their campaigns and how the campaigns spend the money. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.