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.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Senate has given final approved to a bill that would establish harassment procedures and require all schools to have a designated civil rights officer to handle harassment complaints. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has given out low grades to HMOs that operate in the state. In fact, one-half of health plans in the attorney general's report, failed. The report shows that health plans in the state are not disclosing required information that could help consumers obtain coverage for medically necessary treatments. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Boston, MA – Monday's vote by Massachusetts lawmakers to ban gay marriage and create civil unions has not resolved many of the complicated and controversial aspects of same sex marriage. Now Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Attorney General Thomas Reilly are butting heads over whether to prevent same sex marriages from taking place starting in May, per the state Supreme Judicial Court's ruling. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.