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.
Albany, NY – Are New York's judges in compliance with state law, or are they violating a legal duty? One woman says many justices and judges across the state may not have filed, or have improperly filed, their oath of office. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Buchanan, NY – The State of New York is sponsoring an independent study to gauge what residents who live within ten miles of Indian Point know about emergency preparedness procedures. Interviewers are in the four counties near Indian Point this week to conduct the surveys. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
North Adams, MA – Northern Berkshire County is one of three places in Massachusetts chosen to study how cultural offerings affect the quality of life. North Berkshire County has some heavy hitters in the art scene, but supporters of the project hope to expand the definition of cultural.
Springfield, MA – The Springfield Diocese is facing allegations of clergy abuse that reach to all the way up the religious hierarchy to the just-retired bishop. New allegations came to light last week as the bishop announced he was retiring. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.