Washington, DC – Senator John Kerry launched a $25 million television blitz yesterday that his campaign says is the most expensive ad buy by a presidential candidate in history. The ads seek to define Kerry for voters in key states, and serve as a rebuttal to criticism from the Bush campaign that's been piling up in recent weeks. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The Independence Party of New York State has is now the third largest political party in the state with 280,000 members. The party, which holds its annual legislative fundraiser in Albany Tuesday evening has had its share of controversy, but recently won a court ruling opening its primary to non-affiliated voters. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Shoreham, VT – International Paper hopes to run a test burn of tire chips at its Ticonderoga, New York plant this summer. Vermont officials are already testing air quality in Addison County, which is downwind of the plant, to measure background levels of any pollutants. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – A new funding guideline could leave many low-income families without a place to live. New York Senator Hillary Clinton says she is protesting a decision to cut the amount of money available under a federal housing assistance program; a cut, she says that could leave thousands of New York families facing eviction. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Boston, MA – Today in Massachusetts, a commission will release a report on the death penalty. Governor Mitt Romney created the panel to create what's being called "as foolproof a system as humanly possible." While the report is likely to be used as the basis for an upcoming bill to try and reinstate capital punishment, death penalty opponents are readying their side of the argument. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The University at Albany is one of seven colleges in the U.S. to be designated "StormReady" by the National Weather Service. The SUNY campus is ready for the type of severe weather that caused fatalities at the University of Maryland almost three years ago. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Sheffield, MA – Elm trees and New England had a unique relationship. The trees were an essential features of the Northeast's landscape starting in the 1800s. Part of that relationship can be traced to Berkshire County and the Housatonic River Valley. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Albany, NY – An item in New York's proposed budget is raising concerns over student loans. Critics say the proposal would cost students and colleges more money while creating a monopoly with the state's loan services agency. But supporters of the move say it will help efficiency and benefit students. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Fort Edward, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency is recommending three sites on which to build facilities to process PDB-laden sediment from the Hudson River. From a list of seven, the EPA eliminated two, and placed another two on a list of sites it considers suitable. Some town supervisors say they are disappointed, but not surprised. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Boston, MA – A survey out this week by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health examined health factors in different regions of the state. Western Massachusetts has the highest rates of diabetes and asthma, and residents are the second most overweight. Our Berkshire's Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.