Montpelier, VT – The group Judicial Watch last year sued to gain access to Howard Dean's sealed gubernatorial records. Last month, a judge told the state of Vermont to index the thousands of documents. The judge also said the state can charge for staff time to do it. Vermont officials want to bill Judicial Watch in advance, but the Washington D.C. based group calls the amount that's been calculated "preposterous". More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is undertaking a new project that focuses on Berkshire County. Health officials will be looking at data to see if there's any connection between PCB pollutants and developmental problems in children. As Kelly Wilkinson reports, it's one of the first study of its kind.
New Paltz, NY – At the end of the month, a new Hudson Valley area magazine is set to hit the streets. Those launching Inside Out say the magazine is the first high-end publication in the region to target the gay and lesbian community. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the publishers in their New Paltz, New York office about their new venture.
Brattleboro, VT – A community radio station in Brattleboro Vermont hopes to take on the Federal Communications Commission. The government wants the station shut down for operating without a license. But a judge did not grant the government's request this week. Community radio supporters hope the case could set a precedent. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Albany, NY – When U.S. troops captured Baghdad last year, a looting spree occured at the Iraqi National Museum. A local college professor says that while many of the items have been returned, there are other concerns for historians and archaeologists who study the region of the world considered to be the birthplace of western civilization. Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – A forum on wind power in Montpelier yesterday elicited a variety of opinions. Vermont officials are seeking public comment to help craft a state policy on wind energy development on state lands. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Hudson Falls, NY – New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has okayed a plan for how General Electric will stop PCBs from seeping into the Hudson River. The project focuses on the company's Hudson Falls plant. The heart of the plan calls for GE to build tunnels in what is believed to be the first operation of its kind for an environmental cleanup project. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Ludlow, MA – Hundreds of residents in a Western Massachusetts town were inoculated for Hepatitis A yesterday, after a pizza restaurant worker was hospitalized with the disease. The scare comes as Western Massachusetts is experiencing an overall increase in hepatitis cases. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants every driver in New York to pass a breathalyzer test before their vehicle could start. But opponents say the technology can't support such action, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers says mandating the device goes too far, for now. More from North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Millbrook, NY – A task force charged with evaluating potential impacts on Dutchess County from the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant has come out with its report. It says the county should have a voice in the permitting process. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence Cement issued a minority report on the same topic. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.