Plattsburgh, NY – A muti-agency disaster drill was held in Plattsburgh yesterday. More than 400 responders and 100 Plattsburgh state students partiipated. Officials from the state emergency management office, the Albany Medical Center and others were also on the scene to watch the response and provide assessments. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Memorial Hall exercise.
Buchanan, NY – Indian Point was among the may facilities shut down from the blackout last week, raising some "what ifs" regarding safety. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the nation's top independent experts on nuclear power.
Albany, NY – Most Niagara Mohawk customers in upstate New York had their power back on by late Thursday night, but officials say there will be "rolling blackouts" as the region recovers from the largest power outage in U.S. history. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger and Ray Bradbury are all well known American authors, but they also have something else in common. Their books have at one time or another been banned. An english professor in our region is getting ready to teach a class this fall that studies banned books over the years. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Rhinebeck, New York – A Dutchess County, New York legislator hosted a public forum last night. Area residents filled Rhinebeck Town Hall wanting to learn more about St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport plant in Columbia County. Both sides presented their differing views on issues ranging from diesel truck traffic to emmissions to plumes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there.
Albany, NY – New York State has agreed to make changes in its food stamp program as part of a legal settlement. WAMC's Brian Shields reports the lawsuit involved how the state collected food stamp overpayments.
Burlington, VT – Vermont's only methadone clinic will receive an infusion of funds, thanks to US Senator Patrick Leahy. The quarter million dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services will allow the clinic to maintain its current services. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – President Bush has nominated Utah's Republican Governor Mike Leavitt to be the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As WAMC's Brian Shields reports some enviromentalists in the region are skeptical of the nominee, and are concerned how it might effect the Hudson River P.C.B. project.
Buchanan, New York – The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has deemed last month's mock terror attacks at Indian Point a success. Environmental advocates question that assessment. We turn to WAMC Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne for more.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York and other northeastern states, in conjunction with the EPA, filed suit in 1999 against the Ohio Edison Company citing violations of the Clean Air Act. A federal judge in Ohio ruled late last week against Ohio Edison.While environmentalists and New York's Attorney General say it's a precedent-setting ruling, utility officials say it's not that significant. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.