Plattsburgh, NY – Today is a day of commemoration in New York State for Harriet Tubman. It is the first time the state has officially lauded the civil war abolitionist's work, and some hope it is a step towards a state holiday. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Buchanan, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has passed out its annual color-coded ratings for the nation's more than one-hundred commercial nuclear power plants. One of the two plants at Indian Point received the highest rating possible. Now the Buchanan, New York-based plants will receive less NRC oversight as a result. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – As gasoline prices approach record high levels some state leaders in New York are urging the federal government to remove a requirement that Ethanol be mixed into gasoline supplies sold in the state. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says unless Congress steps in soon passenger train service could come to a sudden stop in the U.S.. Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill to fund Amtrak, while also establishing high-speed service and better security. WAMC's Brian Shields filed this report.
Montpelier, VT – State officials held a hearing yesterday to talk about the labeling of Vermont products. Some products use the Vermont name but don't have a Vermont connection, so the state Attorney General's office is drafting regulations to help protect the Vermont brand. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
New Paltz, NY – A New Paltz Green Party members group has started a petition, urging that a village trustee remove his name from two lawsuits aimed at stopping Mayor Jason West from presiding over gay marriages. A Greens official accuses the trustee as serving as a front for Jerry Falwell Ministries. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Springfield, MA – A new bishop has been named for the Springfield Diocese. The announcement from the Vatican comes less than a month after Bishop Thomas Dupre retired amid allegations of sexual abuse. Initial reaction from church leaders and alleged victims lawyers was overwhelmingly hopeful, as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Albany, NY – A local man who has traveled to Haiti several times over the past few years says he witnessed first hand the violence and corruption that has gripped the island nation for decades. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
New Paltz, NY – Village of New Paltz Mayor Jason West says he plans this week to continue talks with those in the New York Attorney General's office, to persuade the attorney general to join forces with him on the same-sex marriage issue. This comes as West says he will abide by a court order that prevents him from wedding same-sex couples. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Boston, MA – A system in Massachusetts is starting to let patients search online for information about different hospitals. Information is provided that lets patients make decisions about which hospital to go to for different procedures. While health insurance companies say it's in the best interests of patients, some health care representatives say it's not such a good idea. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.