Arkville, New York – A coalition of environmental groups that is seeking party status in the Belleayre Resort hearings, has filed an appeal with the commissioner of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. The group wants access to information regarding a planned expansion of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The group's attorney says the information is necessary when considering the proposed Belleayre Resort. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Kent, CT – In what environmental groups are calling a tremendous victory, the Housatonic River will begin to flow naturally through the state of Connecticut. For decades, dam operators along the river have held water back in the summer, then engineered its release. Environmental groups say that stresses the river's ecosystem, and they're applauding the return to a natural flow. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy officially kicks-off his re-election campaign today. Political watchers in the Green Mountain State say despite facing two Republican challengers, Leahy will easily be re-elected. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has this report.
Buffalo, NY – An artist who works with biological materials who was investigated by the government on allegations of terrorism has been indicted. But Steven Kurtz has been indited for mail fraud, not bioterrorism. The case became a high-profile one that has galvanized artists around the country. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Hudson, NY – Supporters of Pakistani immigrant Ansar Mahmood say they are working to find a way to fight yesterday's deportation decision. In the decision to deport Mahmood, immigration officials cite the community support he received, and say it was not enough to outweigh the felony of harboring illegal aliens. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The federal government's in-depth report on agriculture shows the number of farms in New York State fell between 1997 and 2002, continuing a decades-long trend of farmland decline in the state. But the numbers don't necessarily reflect how the agricultural industry is changing in New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Newburgh, NY – The debate over a proposed access road to Stewart International Airport continues to be played out in court. Congressman Maurice Hinchey says additional delays would take a toll on the area's economic vitality. So, he's urging New York Governor George Pataki to seek alternatives. Opponents of the current proposal say a continued court battle is likely. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Two property owners in Pittsfield Massachusetts filed suit today in a federal court over the cleanup of PCBs on their land. The suit claims that General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency conspired to deprive the owners of their property values. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Albany, NY – A new report card on H.M.O.'s in New York State says the health care plans fare well compared to H.M.O.'s in other parts of the country, but improvement is needed in the treatment of patients with mental health conditions. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Eleven states' attorneys-general have submitted comments to the federal Environmental Protection Agency opposing a plan that they say would weaken mercury emissions standards and violates the Clean Air Act. The majority of those attorneys-general are from the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.