Albany, NY – The NYS Board of Elections today began a series of public hearings on a draft plan to implement the federal Help America Vote Act in New York. The law provides states money to modernize voting machines and update election procedures. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
Boston, MA – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's $13.6 million donation is one of the largest gifts ever received by the Boston public school system. The money, to be paid out over four years, will help 7,500 students at 19 Boston high schools, and will include five new small schools the money will help create. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Boston Public Schools Communication Director Jonathan Palumbo about what the grant means for the cash strapped school system.
Kingston, NY – The most recent figures show a decline in the Empire State's housing market, including the Hudson Valley. However, realtors and builders agree that sales of single-family homes along with housing starts remain strong and promising for many of the Valley's counties. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature is poised to take up debate today on a majority of the 370 vetoes issued by Governor Mitt Romney last week. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana filed this report.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A key figure in the founding of the modern environmental movement has died. But the precedents she set still contribute to the preservation of the Hudson Valley today. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – At least one of the nine Democratic Presidential hopefuls is reassessing the importance of an aggressive Internet campaign presence. Senator Bob Graham says rival Howard Dean's Internet success is beginning to change the other candidates' on-line presence. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – One of the least noticed vetoes to come from Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a $2.9 Million hit to the $3.5 Million line item for recycling programs in the state. If the veto is not overriden, funding for recycling items from aluminum cans to hazardous waste will stand at $600,000 for fiscal year 2004. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Safety officials are gearing up for the 4th of July Weekend. Traffic is expected to be heavier than in past years. And, New York State has just implemented new, stricter driving while intoxicated laws. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Cuddebackville Dam, New York – The federal government is hooking up with a national non-profit organization to remove an Orange County dam. They are doing it with the hope of helping fish numbers spike in the Neversink River, a river known for trout and fly fishing. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.