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.
Albany, NY – The number of patients at state-operated psychiatric centers in New York has declined significantly. The Pataki Administration is now considering closing some of the facilities as treatment of the mentally ill has moved from institutions to locally-based programs. WAMC's senior correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A fundraising sale of Haitian art is on tap at Poughkeepsie's Vassar College this week. The proceeds go entirely to advance education in one of Haiti's villages. Given the politically volatile climate in Haiti this year, those charged with selecting the art could not travel to the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and instead imported tens of thousands of dollars worth of art, sight unseen, onto the college's campus. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Burlington, VT – The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies was officially launched Monday. It's an initiative that officials and the business community hope will help diversify Vermont's economy and boost economic development in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.