Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts has the highest rates of teenage drug abuse in the country. Some experts say the state also has the worst access to recovery programs. A forum last night in Pittsfield brought together politicians, law enforcement representatives and substance abuse professionals to talk about the problem. In addition, more than a hundred people attended the session, some of whom told their own stories of drug and alcohol addiction. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson was there and has this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Business Plan Competition. The Plattsburgh/North Country and Albany/Colonie Chambers announced the selection at the Tech Valley Summit this week in Albany. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Salisbury, CT – Connecticut's Attorney General is assembling a multi-state coalition to oppose the proposed St. Lawrence Cement Greenport plant. The move comes as the attorney general will participate tomorrow on a panel about how the proposed plant would affect the health of those beyond the Columbia County border. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Vernon, VT – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Wednesday that it will conduct a detailed engineering inspection of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant before it will approve a plant plan to increase power by 20-percent. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Kingston, NY – A report out on Hudson Valley agriculture says the industry is at a crossroads. So, agricultural experts have come up with various recommendations to improve the viability of Hudson Valley farms. Creating a development corporation is at the top of the list. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
North Adams, MA – Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pledged to veto any moratorium on charter schools. That comes in response to a House-approved amendment that would prevent the Berkshire Arts and Technology School from opening this fall. Last night, parents of students who are enrolled at the school met with school officials and expressed their frustration. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this story.
Poughkeepsie, NY – New York's Secretary of State was in the Hudson Valley today. He accepted an award given to Putnam County, and he unveiled a video intended to inspire communities around the state to embark on waterfront revitalization projects. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the video preview at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
Albany, NY – There should be enough power to go around this summer in the northeast according to a new report by the Northeast Power Coordinating Council. WAMC's Brian Shields reports on the summer power expectations for the region, and the changes that have been made since the massive blackout of August 14, 2003.
Boston, MA – Yesterday in Massachusetts, town and city clerks were given their first training on how to issue marriage licenses once gay marriage becomes legal on May 17th. Clerks are on the front lines of the unfolding gay marriage policy, and there had been confusion over who can legally marry and how couples would need to prove their eligibility. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – On May 4, 1970 members of the Ohio National Guard were on the Kent State campus where students had gathered for an anti-Vietnam War protest. Just before 12:30 in the afternoon, shots were fired. Four students were killed. Since then, Plattsburgh State has commemorated the Kent State shootings. It's one of the only colleges in the country to have, for 34 consecutive years, honored the students killed at Kent and Jackson States. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.