Hyde Park, NY – A woman who received an FDR medal for her work as a children's rights advocate visited the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. The former schoolteacher has saved the lives of more than ten-thousand children who were orphaned by an African nation's civil war, and the plight of AIDs. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with the recipient of the Freedom from Want medal.
New York , NY – The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is now on The National Register of Historic Places. The designation recognizes the Sloop's significance in the American environmental movement, and opens the door to a new pool of funding. The formal designation comes on the Sloop's 35th anniversary, and around the 85th birthday of one of its founders, Pete Seeger. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Northampton, MA – As gay marriage opponents exhaust their options to prevent same sex marriages from becoming legal in Massachusetts, clerks and members of gay communities across the state are gearing up for the historic day. As clerks review changes to marriage licence forms and gay and lesbian couples plan on marrying; opponents are still at work to block the same sex gay marriages from taking place. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont recently received over a million-and-a-half dollars in federal money to further environmental and agricultural research projects. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to the college's Vice President for Research, who says the money will help establish UVM as a leading research facility.
Plattsburgh, NY – "Plan B" is an emergency contraceptive that is available only by prescription. The FDA has issued a decision denying over-the-counter status for drug. While pro-life groups in New York are hailing the decision, pro-choice groups say it was a partisan action that ignores science. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The United States has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world. Despite the downward trend of adolescent pregnancy across the country, there are geographic pockets where teenagers continue to get pregnant at higher rates than in previous years. That's the subject of a book and documentary based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was at the film screening yesterday and has this report.
Hudson, NY – New York Department of Environmental Conservation officials are looking into claims by anti-St. Lawrence Cement group, Friends of Hudson. The environmental activist group says the cement company disturbed a protected wetland by working on an access road. Hudson's Mayor says the work received a verbal green light from the DEC. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.