Adams, MA – Berkshire County's first charter school continues to be controversial. As it marches toward its fall opening, the town where the school is based might join a lawsuit to prevent the school from opening. At the same time, some education officials say Pittsfield fits the criteria for a charter school to be based there. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against New York and the state Department of Health on behalf of at least 12 gay couples who contend that it's illegal for the state to discriminate against same sex couples based on marriage. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Boston, MA – In the first poll taken since Massachusetts lawmakers voted to ban gay marriage, residents are evenly split on the measure. Significant numbers also said they didn't support any amendment, which could have ramifications if the amendment makes it way to the ballot. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Bank-of-America will cut 12-thousand-500 jobs, about seven percent of its workforce. The announcement comes only days after Bank-of-America received final approval to acquire FleetBoston, a key financial institution in this region. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
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.