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.
Plattsburgh, NY – If your holiday weekend plans include travel between the U-S and Canada, you may face a delay at the region's border crossings. That's because both countries are celebrating holidays. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hudson, NY – The attorney for Ansar Mahmood says he is helping the Pakastani immigrant prepare a public statement. The statement will be released to the media as early as later today, and is a response to immigration officials' decision to deport Mahmood. Meanwhile, a group of supporters is trying to rally legislative support in a last-ditch effort to keep Mahmood in the States. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the latest.
Washington, DC – A new study out by the Centers for Disease Control shows that despite the economy picking up, more people are lacking health insurance for long periods of time. Health care advocates say the numbers also shatter the long-held assumption that a steady job brings insurance. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has a look at how Massachusetts and Berkshire County are affected.
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.