Grahamsville, NY – New York's Department of Environmental Protection is upping its police presence in its Catskill/Delaware watershed region. Officials will open the doors of a new Sullivan County precinct tomorrow, with four other police offices slated to open within two months. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Malden, MA – Massachusetts Board of Education meets today. According to a memo from the commissioner, Holyoke and Winchendon schools should be labeled underperforming...but not North Adams schools. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Kingston, NY – The Medicare Bill passed the House over the weekend and is being debated on the Senate floor today. Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey calls the bill a shameful attempt to privatize Medicare, while New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says it falls exceedingly short of what seniors need. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Boston, MA – The Senate is poised to vote today on the fiercely debated Medicare bill. In Massachusetts, protests are expected this afternoon at the Boston offices of the AARP. And Senator Edward Kennedy is leading the charge against the bill. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – More than 50 communities throughout New York are participating in a "Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger". The Hunger Action Network is also releasing a survey showing increased demand for food in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The statewide ban on smoking has been the law in New York or four months. Now, establishments that feel they have been hurt by the ban are requesting waivers, a process that is becoming as controversial as the law itself. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Lenox, MA – A panel of scientists were in Lenox, Massachusetts this week to review a report on potential health problems associated with parts of the Housatonic River. Both General Electric and members of the public asked for the report to be modified...but in opposing ways. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – A new Institute is being formed at Plattsburgh State in conjunction with its Center for the Study of Canada. The Institute of Quebec Studies will be the first of its kind in the US. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Dutchess County continues to lead the region in year-to-year job growth. And, for the first time in awhile, Sullivan County did not show a decline. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Salisbury, CT – Western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts could become preserved and protected under the National Park Service. What people think of as the Berkshires and the Litchfield Hills could ultimately merge into geographic area. More from WAMC"s Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.