Plattsburgh, NY – Vermont and New York are among 24 states whose Attorneys-General have signed a letter to the president of the Motion Picture Association asking him to reduce the amount of on-screen smoking. The AG's want to reduce the amount of smoking shown in films in order to prevent teens from taking up the habit. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Berkshire County – The Berkshires are synonymous with vacation homes and retirement houses, but not with affordable housing. Now, several towns with upscale images are taking a closer look at the issue of affordable housing. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York Governor George Pataki was in Plattsburgh Monday afternoon to announce more than 6-point-3 million dollars in grants for 16 communities in New York's North Country. The grants are distributed to eligible communities for housing rehabilitation and home ownership assistance programs, public facilities, and mixed-use projects intended to improve quality of life. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Lake Placid, NY – Millions of birds, reptiles and mammals die every year on highways. The world's leading transportation experts and wildlife biologists are in Lake Placid for a week-long international conference on how transportation systems affect animals, and what can be done to connect their concerns and minimize transportation's impact on habitat.
Albany, NY – A new solar power system for commercial buildings is being developed at R.P.I. in Troy, NY. The system will not only create energy, it will also block some of the sun's rays that can boost late afternoon energy use. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Deerfield, MA – Western Massachusetts will become home to two more bald eagles tomorrow when a pair of females are released into the wild. Massachusetts and other New England states have seen their bald eagle numbers increase in the past few decades. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson talked with the founder of Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility.
The Berkshires, MA – A proposal for a waste facility in the Berkshires cleared several hurdles this week. But as plans for the facility progress, nearby residents are becoming more vocal in opposing the plant's location. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Burlington, VT – In the 1980's and 1990's an extensive study of the Northern Forest resulted in a series of recommendations. One of them was to create a multi-state program to research issues facing the Northern Forest. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg recently procured continued funding for the Northeastern States Research Cooperative to continue its research programs in the Northern Forest. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Burlington, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care has hired a new president/CEO. Dr. Melinda Estes was in Burlington this week meeting with the hospital's board and staff, and the community, as she prepares to take the reins of Vermont's largest hospital. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.