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.
Northampton, MA – For many people, comics are an entertaining part of the newspaper. But for a growing number of people, comics are as relevant as any other medium. A class at Umass Amherst looks at the history of comics and where the genre might be headed. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York may join a growing number of states that ban the burning of household and farm trash in backyard burn barrels. State law currently allows for open burning of solid waste in towns with a population of 20,000 or less. Legislation has been proposed that would prohibit such open burning statewide. But farmers are concerned that there is no viable option for them to turn to if a ban is imposed More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Carmel, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is set to implement a project that would cut down on the amount of stormwater pollutants that enter a lower-Hudson Valley reservoir. If this system proves successful, other DEP sites in the Hudson Valley watershed region would play host to similar projects. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – Just over one year ago, Stephen Downs was arrested at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland NY after refusing to remove a t-shirt that featured an anti-war slogan. The event attracted national and international attention. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to the man at the center of the controversy one year ago for his thoughts on what happened.
Montpelier, VT – Child care is becoming a part of town planning in Vermont. A new law requires that towns incorporate planning for child care facilities into their long-range plans. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers reconvened again today to tackle the polarizing question of gay marriage. Legislators have had a month off from voting on the highly charged issue. Gay rights supporters are hoping any amendment that would take away their marriage rights will be blocked, while conservative groups are hoping to make same sex marriage illegal. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Hudson, NY – A New York State Department official has requested additional information from Columbia County's St. Lawrence Cement Company, saying previous information on the proposed 320-million-dollar Greenport plant is unsatisfactory. Plant opponents hail the letter as a strong blow to St. Lawrence. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
New Paltz, NY – New Paltz Mayor Jason West spoke to supporters last night at a forum at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He said he is not worried about the lawsuits and charges filed against him. Meanwhile, those part of a group just formed to protect human rights say up to forty marriages will take place this weekend in New Paltz. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the forum.
Pittsfield, MA – Arts and culture are a big business in Berkshire County and a major driver of the local economy. Its an area Pittsfield is looking to as it hopes to improve its economy and cultural reputation. Last night, the Pittsfield city council created a new office of Cultural Development which many say can provide a framework for the arts scene to better grow. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.