Boston, MA – Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association are using a new survey to push legislation that would mandate a minimum ratio of nurses to patients in the hospital setting. The nurses say staffing mandates will save lives while administrators fear strict guidelines will cause health care delays and may even force hospital closures. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Montpelier, VT – The latest effort to reform the way Vermont pays for schools has been signed into law. The replacement for Act 60 is a new system that taxes residential homes at rates different from businesses and other properties. And it doesn't end the debate over the state's method of funding education. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – John McCain did it...Hillary did it...now Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney hopes to join them. Newspapers in Boston and Salt Lake City are reporting that the Massachusetts Governor is close to a signing publishing deal for a new autobiography. Unlike McCain and Clinton, Romney says he has no plans to seek national office. Berkshire bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – Two bills to address invasive species in New York have moved forward in the legislature and are expected to be approved before the session ends this week. Environmentalists say the bills provide a critical first step dealing with aquatic invasives - public education. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A Massachusetts task force, formed in March, will meet tomorrow to begin looking at how our coastal waters are being used and to explore how the state can best regulate those uses. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York State will start enforcing its ban on Internet cigarette sales on Wednesday. The ban is intended to bring in millions of dollars in tax revenues lost annually. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – The second annual Quebec-New York Border Summit will be held Monday in Montreal. Presented by the Plattsburgh/North Country and Quebec Chambers of Commerce, it will focus on facilities and enhancements scheduled for the Champlain-Lacolle crossing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
South Hadley, MA – Still haven't made it out for that special something for Dad on Father's Day? It's O.K., Dad won't mind. According to a new study "Flowers for Mom, a Tie for Dad: Doing Gender on Mother's and Father's Day" by Nicole Gilbert. She finds that although Dad's get less and celebrate less, they are more satisfied with their day than Mom's are with theirs. Arlen Cellana asked Gilbert why she chose this topic and what she hoped to learn.
Albany, NY – A former U.S. Army general says as time goes on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will become more difficult. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Dr. David Arney, an expert in military intelligence who is now the dean of mathematics and sciences at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, about the ongoing search for WMD.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has announced plans to expand the hours of the 33 one-stop Career Centers in the Commonwealth in an effort to lower the state's unemployment rate. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.