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.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Adirondack Council is hopeful that a spike in the price of pollution trading allowances will lead to Midwest power plants installing scrubbers, which are emissions reduction equipment. The Council says the price of pollution credits vs installing scrubbers has gotten to a point where it's more expedient to invest in the equipment. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – Yesterday, Pittsfield Massachusetts claimed a major state in baseball's early history. A document found in the city's library is now the earliest known written reference to baseball in the country. It beats out other references to Cooperstown and Hoboken, which has Pittsfield relishing in the baseball spotlight. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.
Burlington, VT – Environmental groups are ecstatic over a judge's ruling Monday evening that halts construction of the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway. While state officials say the project remains a high priority, the environmental groups that brought the suit hope the ruling stops the project and leads to alternative transportation options. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – This time last year, more than double the number of blood drives had already been scheduled for the summer in the New York area. New York Blood Center officials say the Hudson Valley is especially lacking in drives. And, they say, there could be critical shortages of all blood types. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Amherst, MA – The Massachusetts Democratic Party held their annual convention in Amherst this past weekend. During the convention, party leaders pledged to raise an unprecedented amount of money for local and state races. That comes as the Republica Party is mounting the biggest legislative challenge in years. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson filed this report.