Albany, NY – The requirement that students in New York State pass five Regents exams to earn a high school diploma has been the focus of debate and controversy. Recently state officials lowered the passing grade on the exams from 65 to 55, but now opponents of the testing requirement charge that the exams are holding back minority students. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – A joint committee of the Vermont legislature has voted to defer a plan that would require the state's poorest residents to pay a premium on state-sponsored Medicaid programs. The group also delayed implementation of a new billing system that eliminates the current co-payment plan. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Friends and colleagues are remembering Dr. G. Stewart Ray, a well known physician, surgeon, medical professor and member of the WAMC Community Advisory Board, who died on Sunday. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield representatives passed a cost-saving plan to shut off or dim some city streetlights. But as soon as the first street went dark, people started complaining. City council members will consider a hiatus in the program at tonight's meeting. More from Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders says the U-S is losing millions of jobs because of foreign trade policy. Sanders is introducing legislation to repeal most-favored-nation trading status with one of the countries he says is most at fault: China. But many in Vermont's trade community say that won't ultimately solve the problem. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Dutchess County legislators will vote on whether to forgo future payments from the nation's tobacco settlement in exchange for a lump sum payout. A legislative committee gave the go-ahead last week, with the full legislature to cast its vote tomorrow. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum has on display a rare collection of prints by Rembrandt. The exhibition, from the Amsterdam Museum housing Rembrandt's works, is the only venue in the US that will host the works. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes us on a tour of the exhibition in Burlington.
Hillsdale, NY – A Columbia County resident started a company in May dedicated to voting the current President out of office. Six months later, the founder says business is good, and he's taking his message around the country. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne interviewed the company's creator.
Boston, MA – The Romney administration announced the end of last week that they filed a bill to protect millions of federal dollars the state receives. The money is tied to taxes and fees from hunting and fishing. More from Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Amherst, MA – Umass Amherst was relatively quiet last night after the Red Sox defeat. The college campus has been the stage for some disruptive and dangerous crowd scenes lately. As our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, other factors can come into play in such situations.