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.
Boston, MA – The gay marriage debate continues after yesterday's vote by Massachusetts lawmakers to ban same sex marriage. The outcome didn't please either end of the spectrum, but many politicians said the vote struck a compromise. Today, Governor Romney continues his appeal to the Attorney General to block same sex marriages from starting to take place in May. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Federal district courts in California, Nebraska, and New York start separate trials today on legal challenges to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. President Bush signed the Act in November 2003, and certain abortion providers sued, gaining a temporary restraining order to prevent the law's implementation. Opponents of the Act say the ban is unconstitutional, and a woman's health is not protected. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.