Buchanan, NY – A report out by an independent, non-profit group of scientists says safety hazards are growing at the nation's commercial nuclear plants because reactors are aging and wearing out. The report's author says lax oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission isn't helping. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison has more.
New Paltz, NY – A New York state supreme court judge heard from both sides in a lawsuit. The case centers around whether New Paltz Mayor Jason West had the right to marry same-sex couples without a license. The mayor has been abiding by a temporary restraining order that bans him from presiding over gay marriages. The lawsuit on behalf of a New Paltz village trustee aims to make that ban permanent. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Albany, NY – The New York State Education Department Commissioner has presented a series of recommendations to the State Board of Regents. At the middle school level, those proposals include cutting back on non-core subjects so that more time is available to improve performance in core subjects like math, reading and English. But some in the education field say there does not appear to be a clear purpose to some of those recommendations. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A new study says New York's upstate economy is lagging behind downstate and the nation, due mainly to influences exerted by the downstate political structure. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
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.