Burlington, VT – Vermont will be welcoming dozens of Somali Bantu refugees over the next year. Some residents of the Burlington area, where most of the refugees are expected to live, are concerned whether the region has the resources it needs to help the refugees adapt. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The medical malpractice debate will be renewed this week in Albany when hundreds of obstetricians and gynecologists from across the state come to the the state capital to lobby lawmakers for liability reform. The doctors say too many O.B.G.Y.N.'s are being forced to end their practices because of high malpractice insurance rates. Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – As state leaders in New York debate the Rockefeller Drug laws, there is an ongoing effort by those in favor of reform to establish more alternative programs for drug users. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports on a single mother from Albany who recently completed one such program.
Plattsburgh, NY – Air Force officials say the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base may be one of five locations nationwide that could have low-level radioactive waste buried in the ground. Local officials believe that IF there is any remaining waste, it's of little significance. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
North Adams, MA – A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled ealrier this week a MAssachusetts tax on non-Medicare, non-Medicaid drug purchases was illegally implemented. The decision will result in an 18 Million dollar refund to all of the states' drug-stores. Berrkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Lake Placid, NY – Next weekend, the fourth Annual Lake placid Film forum kicks off next week. It's a chance for movie buffs to not only see films, but also meet and interact with actors, producers and writers about movie making. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a preview.
Springfield, MA – Recent on-air appeals from local public television outlets call for additional viewer support to ensure continued services from these outlets. How big is the peril facing public broadcasting? And is their fiscal situation different now than in years past? Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana takes a look at the problem.
Albany, NY – Under a new law in New York, there are restrictions and regulations on some of the wooden play structures found in playgrounds and parks across the state. Concern about the structures was raised last summer when a study found that, in some cases, the wood had been treated with toxic chemicals. As WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports, the city of Albany is moving ahead with a plan to replace all of its wooden play structures.
Boston, MA – The Legislature's Joint Committee on State Administration is poised to reject the Article 87 re-organization plans of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The committee will recommend both chambers of the Legislature vote down the plan...evidence, the administration says, of the Legislature's unwillingness to adopt meaningful reform. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Burlington, VT – Vermont Governor James Douglas signed a substance abuse initiative into law this morning. The nearly 8-million dollar plan will provide additional resources to fight drug problems in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.