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.
Cambridge, NY – The valedictorian and salutatorian are the best students in a graduating class - academically speaking. Selection is traditionally based purely on the grade-point-average, and those with the highest win the honors. But one small school district in New York State is revising their method of choosing the top students in a graduating class - and it's upsetting some parents. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Springfield, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers have again revised a financial aid package for the city of Springfield. The city is in need of state help to fill a $20 million hole in their budget. In the past few weeks, legislators have disagreed over the shape the package will take. In its current version, it will be similar to the financial aid that was offered to Pittsfield when it fell upon hard times several years ago. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Hudson, NY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found that a contractor working on a St. Lawrence Cement road in Columbia County's Hudson, violated the Clean Water Act. The breach stems from a trucking company placing fill in wetlands, and the Army Corps has directed the cement company to restore those wetlands. The enforcement case began because of a complaint letter from environmental activist group Friends of Hudson. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Hudson Falls, NY – EPA and GE officials are at butting heads over the size of the dredging area for the Hudson River PCB cleanup project. Meetings between the two continue, though environmentalists says they are highly concerned about the cleanup being compromised. Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey has weighed in, and conveyed his concerns to the EPA's regional administrator. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Williamstown, MA – Perchlorate is a chemical usually found in rocket fuel. But the chemical is showing up with increasing frequency in food and water supplies. While most scientists agree that it's not appearing at levels that could be dangerous, Massachusetts is taking the lead on establishing the country's first requirements for a safe level of the chemical in all drinking water. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – Tuition could rise in the fall for out-of-state students and for all graduate students in the professions at State University of New York campuses under a plan released Tuesday. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire County will be the location for a political festival this summer that will feature former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean. The event will take place days before the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Event organizers say they hope to bring momentum to the national race - but some local officials hope the event doesn't bring too much traffic. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.