Albany, NY – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has introduced legislation to establish a medal for military veterans who served during the Cold War years of 1945-1991. At least one organization is a bit skeptical of the idea. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Veterans' groups are teaming with a credit union to provide financial aid to Clinton County veterans and families of National Guard troops called to active-duty. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Granby, MA – A parent in Western Massachusetts frustrated with the MCAS graduation requirement tried to overturn the state mandate. It looks like he won't succeed, but he says that's a result of public apathy and lack of money. MCAS supporters say it's because the test has been widely accepted. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Millbrook, NY – As traffic hearings begin today regarding the proposed Columbia County St. Lawrence cement plant, an environmental council is busy conducting an independent study for the Dutchess County legislature. The analysis focuses on air quality, though traffic information does affect some of the council's research. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the head of the study for an update on the council's findings so far.
Berkshire County, MA – The Housatonic River is a central feature in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. But it's a river that residents have been denied use of in many areas because of contamination. In a widespread effort to restore the river, several groups are working toward the same end goal. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Marshfield, VT – The tobacco industry has agreed to stop advertising in news-magazines directed at young people. It's the result of the efforts of six Vermont students who brought the practice to the attention of Vermont's Attorney General. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plainfield, VT – A coalition of Vermont farm advocacy groups is hosting a visit by Devinder Sharma. He is an expert on food, hunger and international trade from India. He is touring the state to talk about his opposition to genetically engineered foods. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – An on-going labor dispute in Western Massachusetts has seen gas workers locked out of their jobs for almost eight months. While union leaders lobby for local and state help, labor experts say disputes are often influenced by the economic conditions. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Kingston, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is asking for input on its plan to expand its waterfowl management program. The aim is to rid area water supplies of gull and geese droppings, and various groups have different ideas on just how to do that. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.