Red Hook, NY – Long-stem red roses at this time of year cost too much and don't last. So says the head of a floral design shop in Dutchess County, who refuses to sell the flower for the six weeks surrounding Valentine's Day. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – After two days of intense debate, The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention ended last night without any agreement on an amendment that would ban gay marriage. Since there was no resolution, the session adjourned at midnight last night, but it's set to continue on March 11. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Buchanan, NY – It's about four months late, but those who live within ten miles of Indian Point are slated to receive within the next few weeks the nuclear power plant's annual emergency planning booklet. Those familiar with the delay say there was much haggling over the content. Meanwhile, opposition groups say they should have been involved in shaping the information. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Montpelier, VT – School choice advocates in Vermont are urging lawmakers to advance a proposal that would offer choice to all students. Teachers and school officials are warning legislators not to act hastily, especially since a pilot school choice program has not yet been completed. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Albany, NY – With less than three weeks before the March 2nd " Super Tuesday" primary vote, a new poll shows Massachusetts Senator John Kerry with a strong lead among New York Democrats who say they are likely to vote. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers have now reconvened at the State House to continue the emotional debate on gay marriage. House and Senate legislators will consider proposals that would amend the state's constitution in a way that bans same sex marriage. Changing the constitution is the only way to negate a ruling by the state's highest court that said gays have a right to wed. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants to help so-called non-traditional students earn college degrees. Legislation she is sponsoring with Florida Democratic Senator Bob Graham seeks to break down financial, academic, and social barriers these students face. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – With the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that gay and lesbian couples can't be denied their constitutional right to civil marriage, it's expected that same-sex marriage licenses will be issued by mid May. The head of a Rochester NY-area gay alliance expects gay and lesbian couples to go to Massachusetts and marry, then return to New York State and sue for their constitutional rights as married couples in NY. But some gay advocates are cautioning against rushing the issue. Pat Bradley reports.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature's constitutional convention gets underway today. With national and international attention focused on whether the state's constitution should be altered in a way that would ban gay marriage, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson talked with a constitutional law scholar about how and why constitutions are amended.