Plattsburgh, NY – Clinton County Legislators voted last night to authorize their chair to sign a memorandum of Understanding that could lead to one of the largest economic development projects ever in the North Country. If the company, Precision Jet Management, also signs, it will lead to further negotiations for a multi-million dollar development deal that could bring thousands of jobs to NY's North Country. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – This Sunday, women from across the country will descend upon Washington, D.C., for a "March for Women's Lives". Among those attending will be busloads of pro-choice advocates from the mid-Hudson Valley, to stop what they say is an erosion of women's freedom of choice. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Wiliamstown, MA – Today, a group of college students around the country launches a coalition that will pressure colleges and universities to scrutinize their endowment investments. One of the groups' founders is a senior at Williams College, where he's successfully worked for greater disclosure of the college's portfolio. The students hope to raise awareness about the small but growing field of socially responsible investing. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Burlington, VT – A study of the 2000 census found that Vermont has the highest concentration of same-sex couples in the country. And the state's largest city, Burlington, is second in the nation in the per capita ranking of same-sex couples in small cities. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Massachusetts is hoping to go the way of some other Berkshire County communities and attract more people to its downtown with shops and restaurants. To do that, some city council members think the city needs to offer more liquor licenses, which would bring more cafes and restaurants into town. But local politicians have gone down that path before, without making significant change. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Fort Edward, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency is out with its final dredging performance standards for cleaning up PCBs in the Hudson River. At the same time, the EPA released a preliminary design report by General Electric. Environmentalists are positive on both documents, and say the reports are small steps in a mammoth project. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – Last week, thousands of residents throughout the state of Massachusetts received letters in their mailboxes telling them they might lose their housing. The letters went to low income residents who receive federal and state help in paying their rent. By the end of last week, most of those cuts had been avoided. But it's still a scramble, and housing advocates say the same problem could return next year. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A Hudson Valley environmental advocacy group has launched an internship program at four area colleges to gather information on the energy efficiency of buildings on those campuses. The aim is to encourage school officials to have a professional energy audit performed, in light of the students' findings. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Amherst, MA – A professor at the University of Massachusetts won a 3-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study what he calls the "Grammars of Death." He'll led a team studying old death records in two Western Massachusetts towns. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson explains, its hoped that the study will shed some light on a time period when medical and social views of death and disease changed radically.