Boston, MA – Massachusetts officials released a disappointing report on job loss on Friday. And this morning, Governor Mitt Romney released a plan to try and keep more jobs from leaving the state. But in the face of bad economy news, some experts are finding the bright spots. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – Members of the Vermont House are starting work a day early this week so they can begin discussing the state budget for the 2005 fiscal year. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Boston, MA – An Associated Press survey recently showed almost one-third of Americans say paying for prescription drugs is a problem in their families. A bill in Massachusetts would create a new state office to provide people with information on buying cheaper drugs in Canada. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson filed this report.
Fleischmanns, NY – There is a bed and breakfast in New York's eastern Delaware County that is going to the dogs this weekend, and the surrounding Belleayre region may eke out a few tourist dollars as a result. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the scoop on a canine adventure group whose destination is the Catskills.
Albany, NY – Love Canal, a working class neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY., became the first site to be placed on the federal government's Superfund Cleanup list 25 years ago. This week the Environmental Protection Agency recommended removing Love Canal from the Superfund saying the cleanup at one of the more notorious hazardous waste site in the U.S. has been completed. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Are you hoping the weather warms up soon so you can break out the barbecue grill? Saturday is the first day of spring... and it's also Great American Meat-Out Day. Patterned after the Great American Smoke-out, its purpose is to promote a vegetarian diet and lifestyle. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
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.