Montpelier, VT – A coalition of environmental advocates have issued grades to the New England States and the eastern provinces of Canada for their efforts to reduce global warming pollution. Massachusetts and Connecticut received the highest grades, while Vermont received the lowest. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency announced that $75 million will be put towards revitalizing abandoned industrial sites around the county known as brownfields. They're often eyesores and drags on the local economy. This region received a proportionally large share of that money, from New York to Massachusetts to Vermont. Many of the grants went to places where there's high unemployment, after local manufacturing and industrial economies have collapsed. Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Kingston, NY – A Republican attorney from Sullivan County is running against Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey in the November elections. Bill Brenner says every candidate should have opposition, and he thinks Hinchey has not delivered to his constituents. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Members of the U-S House and Senate's Dairy Coalition are introducing legislation that they hope will establish an economic safety net for dairy farmers. The National Dairy Equity Act was unveiled in Washington D-C this morning. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Adams, MA – Massachusetts is on track to have a final budget in place before the fiscal year begins on July 1. Lawmakers agreed late last night to a $24 billion budget plan. After final approval, the budget heads to Governor Mitt Romney for his review and any vetoes. He's already said he will reject a measure that would stop the opening of five new charters schools around the state - including one in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Montpelier, VT – Almost all of Vermont teachers have met a federal education standard that requires them to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subjects they teach. Vermont education officials say the high percentage of teachers in the state meeting the No Child Left Behind mandates isn't surprising. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Two New York County legislatures have before them today resolutions about the Patriot Act. A resolution in Dutchess County will be discussed for the first time about amending the Act. The issue is further along in Albany County, where legislators could vote on a resolution to urge Congress to review the Act, and eliminate provisions that may infringe upon fundamental rights and liberties. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Officials from Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's administration are working with Pittsfield to help revitalize its downtown. The state hopes that if it can assemble the right formula to bring more business and foot traffic to Pittsfield's downtown, it can then apply that experience to other cities around the WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Montpelier, VT – A new study commissioned by the New England states indicates that a new EPA rule could result in significantly higher air pollution from older Midwestern power plants. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Lake Placid, NY – Financial problems nearly ended the Lake Placid Film Forum after 4 years. But the revamped Lake Placid Film "Festival" was held recently, with high profile guests, forums and master classes on the film industry, all available to the public. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.