Pittsfield, MA – In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, extra police are at Taconic High School today after a sophisticated pipe bomb exploded at the school yesterday. No one was injured, and normal class and exams resumed today. While police continue investigations, school officials say they don't know what else they could have done to prevent the incident. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Buchanan, NY – Results are due out later this afternoon on an emergency drill held at the Indian Point nuclear power plant earlier this week. Federal agency officials will give details of how they think the parties involved performed. Critics say the drill did not take into account anything beyond a ten-mile radius. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A former IBM employee from the Hudson Valley is trying to drum up support to fight for fair medical insurance costs for retirees. He says efforts to regain health benefits will focus first on IBM, and then other corporate retirees. A meeting on the issue with Congressman Maurice Hinchey is slated for the weekend in Dutchess County. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has this report.
North Adams, MA – An exhibit that was scheduled for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will no longer be shown at the museum. That's because the artist is being investigated by the FBI and the US Attorney's Office. His work dealt with genetically modified foods, and some of the biology equipment he had in his home raised red flags and bioterrorism concerns. While the FBI says it's simply doing its job, artists say the situation poses a threat to freedom of expression. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – National Guard and Reservists are being called up more often as the U.S. Military fights in Iraq and Afghanistan and maintains forces in Korea , Europe and elsewhere. This has led some Guard members and their families to complain about the ongoing and indefinite tours of service. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Burlington, VT – Vermont has been hit unusually hard by casualties in the Iraq war. Statistically, the Green Mountain State is seeing an abnormally large proportion of war deaths. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Arkville, NY – A New York State Supreme Court Justice has thrown out new rules to curb acid rain emissions emitted by plants within New York. Environmentalists are disappointed with yet another delay. But they are also relieved that the ruling did not nullify the state's authority to implement such regulations. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – A State Supreme Court judge has permanently banned New Paltz Mayor Jason West from marrying couples without a valid marriage license. In his decision, the judge says the mayor has neither the right nor the obligation to disobey a law he believes is unconstitutional. Attorneys who filed the suit against West say they will now file another one to have West removed from office. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Faced with a 10 million-dollar deficit and the lowest credit rating of any town or city in New York State, the City of Schenectady has announced an agreement with Schenectady County that will save the city millions of dollars, but will cut 40 jobs from the city payroll. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.