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.
Albany, NY – New York's state tax on purchases of clothes and shoes under 110-dollars was supposed to be eliminated as of June 1st. But the state legislature has voted to delay that until July 1st. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York's unionized nurses are getting their message out for National Nurses Week. Though they say the shortage of nurses is a large problem, it's a different issue, they say, that's an emergency. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
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.