Great Barrington, MA – In Massachusetts, legislators and lobbyists are gearing up for next week's continued debate on gay marriage. A lobbyist with one of the state's biggest gay rights groups was in Berkshire County last night to shed some light on the political ins and outs of the issue. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Montpelier, VT – It's Town Meeting Day in Vermont. The presidential primary is only one item of business. Communities across the Green Mountain State are voting on town and school budgets, electing town officials and deciding a myriad of issues. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A portion of the New York State Thruway in Albany and Schenectady Counties is now under study as the highway marks 50 years. The Albany Corridor, one of the busier parts of the Thruway, could undergo some major work in the next few years. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Great Barrington, MA – On this Super Tuesday, John Kerry hopes to sweep all ten primaries and caucuses around the country. In his home state of Massachusetts, thousands of volunteers are working the phones in the hopes of a massive Kerry win. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was at a few Berkshire polling places today, checking in with some Massachusetts voters.
Albany, NY – A recent call by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for the government to cut Social Security benefits raised new debate and concern over the solvency of the retirement system. The president-elect of the AARP, in Syracuse for a national forum on Social Security, said there is no cause for alarm. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – Yesterday, activists called on Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to create a panel that would investigate clergy abuse in the state. The calls came on the heels of a national survey of clergy sex abuse that was released this weekend and continuing controversy in the Springfield diocese. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – Supporters of former candidate Howard Dean are urging people to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for the former governor. They held rallies across the region over the weekend to get the message out that getting delegates for Dean is still important. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Lenox, MA – Officials in Lenox Massachusetts ruled last night that a permit allowing a local church to put up another building on their property will stand. The local decision has wider ramifications, since the church used a federal law that exempts religious institutions from some local laws. So the decision could set a regional or statewide precedent. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce has unveiled their annual Business Confidence Index for the region. The index is based on a survey of regional businesses that assesses their concerns on a variety of issues. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Springfield, MA – Investigations against former Springfield Bishop Thomas Dupre continue in Western Massachusetts. As of last night, both alleged victims of the Bishop have been interviewed by the local District Attorney. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with the victims lawyer and the diocese spokesperson for the latest in the investigation.