Orangeburg, NY – New York Senator Hillary Clinton says she is troubled by reports that some New York National Guard members did not receive adequate health screening upon their return from Iraq, and that they may suffer from effects of uranium exposure. She says the lack of testing flies in the face of assurances she received from the Department of Defense. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Amherst, MA – This past weekend in Amherst, the Emily Dickinson Museum concluded the first ever marathon reading of all of the poet's work. Hundreds of people gathered over the course of the event to take turns reading the almost 1,800 poems. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – Three months into the legislative session, the Vermont legislature hasn't voted on a single tax measure, even though Vermont's Governor had said tax reform was this year's legislative priority. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Poughkeepsie, NY – New York health-care workers are heading to the nation's battleground states to educate and register voters for the 2004 presidential election. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the first health-care worker from the Hudson Valley who will participate in the union's first Hero program.
Amherst, MA – The Labor Department released a national report on the economy today, showing that while unemployment increased in March, the country gained the most new jobs in four years. It's hoped the report is evidence that the job market is finally improving. But the national outlook contradicts Massachusetts' most recent report on jobs, which showed the state was still losing jobs at a high rate. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with a leading economist about that contradiction.
Neversink, NY – Monday marks the official one-hundred-year anniversary of Catskill Park. To kick off the celebration, New York State has bought the park its first present - the acquisition and preservation of nearly 240 acres along a premiere fly-fishing creek. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Syracuse, NY – A forum held by the National Family Farm Coalition discussed how small family owned dairy farms are being put out of business by the increasing concentration of the dairy industry into a few mega-buyers and mega-processors. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Fort Edward, NY – There is a new director at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency's Hudson River Field Office. He enters the job as the EPA's Ft. Edward presence generally receives praise from environmentalists for its role in the PCB cleanup. Several involved in the cleanup process say his first major test at handling communities will come at the end of the month. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Springfield, MA – A new bishop will be installed in the Springfield diocese of the Roman Catholic Church today. The bishop-elect has already confronted issues of alleged clergy abuse in the diocese. Springfield's former bishop resigned after being confronted with allegations of sex abuse. As the new leader is installed, many in the church and community are hopeful for better relations between the church and alleged victims. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson filed this report.
Albany, NY – New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says an Albany car dealership has agreed to a new system to guarantee that customers pay the same loan rates, regardless of race. The Attorney General says financing disparities have been found among auto dealers and he hopes the agreement with Armory Nissan in Albany will lead other dealerships across New York State to follow suit. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.