Hudson, NY – The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a petition to the United Nations on behalf of post-September Eleventh detainees. Among those detainees is a Pakistani immigrant who was living in Hudson, New York, until early 2002, when he was placed in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. In addition, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling for swift action in the immigrant's case. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Although Howard Dean has dropped out of the presidential race, his supporters are still working to get out the vote for their candidate. Tonight, "North Country Folks for Dean" in Plattsburgh, New York are planning a meet-up. It's part of an effort to accumulate Dean delegates for the national convention. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Louis Riel is the latest graphic novel from Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown. Brown spoke to WAMC's Alan Doane about the book and his career as a cartoonist, which officially began in 1986 -- but Brown says he always knew he wanted to draw cartoons...
Plattsburgh, NY – The openly gay mayor of Plattsburgh, New York is criticizing the national Republican party's stance against gay marriage. Republican Mayor Dan Stewart says equal marriage rights for gay couples is a civil rights issue and not a family values issue. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the mayor about his views.
Boiceville, NY – Union members were out in force yesterday to support Crossroads Ventures proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. Though the Department of Environmental Conservation's final public hearing in Ulster County's Boiceville saw most at the podium voice their opposition, union members comprised roughly half the audience. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there and filed this report.
Montpelier, VT – Environmental advocates marched and lobbied legislators in Montpelier yesterday. They talked one-on-one with Vermont legislators about the issues they want focused on during this legislative session. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York ranks in the bottom half of states when it comes to filling state-policy making positions with women. A university study tracked five years of how gender makes up the nation's state-level gubernatorial appointees. The study's director says New York's appointed women have some catching up to do. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.
Burlington, VT – It's expected that Howard Dean will announce the future of his presidential campaign this afternoon. Democratic party sources say Howard Dean will stop campaigning for the nomination. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Lenox, MA – A dispute over a proposed parish hall in Lenox Massachusetts is mirroring a national debate. At the crux of the matter - both locally and nationally - is a relatively new federal law that allows religious institutions to bypass local law. While supporters say it prevents religious discrimination, opponents say it's a direct affront to local government. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Garrison, NY – Some environmentalists are up in arms over an EPA ruling this week, and they plan to challenge it in court. They say the nation's top environmental regulator is setting cooling technology standards for existing power plants that will allow for continued fish kills. They also say the ruling conflicts with a court of appeals decision earlier this month. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.