Albany, NY – New York Governor George Pataki is calling for an expansion of gambling to fund education in the state, and to meet a court-ordered change in the funding formula for public schools. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Great Barrington, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry declared himself "Comeback Kerry" last night after a surprising but commanding win in the Iowa caucus. His victory gives a major boost to a campaign that was floundering as recently as a month ago. And it splits the race wide open coming into the New Hampshire primary. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A Dutchess County legislature committee will look at a resolution Thursday that would add wind power to the county's list of energy sources. The cost may be more than for conventional energy, but the person behind the resolution says it's worth it. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Kingston, NY – An Ulster County social services agency will take over the management of a Kingston motel that is primarily a shelter for the homeless. Kingston's mayor is calling the arrangement unique, and one that could serve as a model for future agreements. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Montpelier, VT – Public health insurance programs in Vermont are switching to a new payment system. Low income and health advocates in Vermont are concerned that it could result in some people being dropped from state health insurance programs. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – A global health initiative is working to wipe polio out from the face of the earth in the next few years. The effort is the largest public health initiative in history and is being carried out by thousands of health care workers all over the globe. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with a Massachusetts woman who's part of the effort to completely eradicate the crippling disease.
Plattsburgh, NY – A study says that Howard Dean is getting more criticism on network newscasts than the other Democratic candidates. About 49-percent of the coverage of the former Vermont governor was positive, compared to 78-percent for the rest of the Democratic field. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gave his state of the state address last night in Boston. With Massachusetts's economy showing improvements, Romney unveiled new spending initiatives. But many lawmakers say funding questions need to be answered before they embrace the governor's ideas. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson filed this report.
Hudson, NY – The potential outcomes have been narrowed in a Pakistani immigrant's struggle to be released from a detention facility. Yet the hopes of the immigrant, and his supporters, remain high. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Margaretville, NY – Environmentalists and some area residents spoke out last night in opposition of a proposed Belleayre resort project. Amid a crowd of roughly 250 people, they said they are not against development per se, but are against the scope of this one. Some local business owners and elected officials voiced their support of the proposal by Crossroads Ventures, hoping such a project would stimulate the local economy. WAMC's Allison Dunne was at the hearings last evening in Delaware County's Margaretville.