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.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York farmers have a huge stake in federal plans to develop a tracking system for every cow in the US. A state legislator says such a plan would be too expensive for New York farmers. So she and farm organizations are working to make sure that any new federal system does not place an unfair cost burden on farmers. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Riverfront revitalization was on the table yesterday at a forum at Marist College. City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Nancy Cozean put together the discussion that included New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Participants addressed how to link Poughkeepsie's waterfront to the rest of the city. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with three of the roundtable speakers.
South Hadley, MA – With less than a quarter of scientists in this country being female, and an even smaller percentage being minorities, to be a minority woman in the sciences is rare. A program in Western Massachusetts at Mount Holyoke College has received national attention for its program that links aspiring students with role models they can identify with. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Poughkeepsie, New York – Hudson Valley consumers complain the most about the auto industry. That's according to New York's attorney general, who says this type of complaint puts them on par with New Yorkers statewide. Meanwhile the Better Business Bureau put out it own list of top ten consumer complaints, which shows Metro New Yorkers have different gripes. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Washington DC – With fresh victories this weekend in Maine, Michigan and Washington, Senator John Kerry is looking unbeatable. The Democratic front-runner is surging ahead of his competitors on the way to becoming the Democratic presidential challenger. And his huge leads are prompting him to distance himself from the pack and focus his attacks on George Bush. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany NY – Two New York State lawmakers plan to announce new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers and individuals money on prescription drugs. Groups and organizations advocating for lower costs are curious to see what strategy the new legislation will take to address the issue More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.....
Boston, MA – Massachusetts House Speaker Tom Finneran said yesterday he will try and find a way to prevent gay marriages from taking place in May. Under a ruling from the state's highest court, that's when the gay marriage can first take place. Democrats huddled over the issue yesterday but didn't emerge with any consensus on how to move forward. Both parties responses reveal the deep divide surrounding gay marriage. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A federal court this week ruled that new power plants must install so-called closed-cycle cooling technology. Environmentalists say the decision will not only minimize fish kills, but set the stage for ordering existing plants to do the same. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.