Albany, NY – New York State's five year study of charter schools finds they should be allowed to continue to operate. The study recommends changes to improve them, while minimizing the fiscal pain on traditional public schools. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley filed this report.
Pittsfield, MA – In downtown Pittsfield, empty storefronts are part of the landscape. The vacant buildings have given rise to a group of artists who set up studios in the once empty shops. Residents say it's one more example of arts attempting to transform a community. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – New York Republicans are looking for a candidate to take on Democrat Charles Schumer in the 2004 U.S. Senate Race. Michael Benjamin says he should be that candidate. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Health departments and medical professionals across New York State continue their work to get high risk individuals folks vaccinated against this year's flu viruses. Some health care workers say the appearance of shortages may simply be due to more people getting the flu shot. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – A old theater in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts has plans to reopen this summer. With its central location and several other cultural projects in the works within a few blocks, residents hope the project could help the city turn a corner. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Goshen, NY – News outlets today are reporting that three more children in Colorado have died from flu-related illnesses, sending a scare among parents in other parts of the country. The flu vaccine is in short supply in the Hudson Valley, and health department officials are assessing their needs. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Ticonderoga, NY – Opponents of International Paper's plans to test burning tires for fuel at the Ticonderoga NY plant say the company concealed emissions test results from a previous burn. But the company says the results they have aren't the type of measurements needed for proper analysis of the emissions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – There is a new campaign underway to raise the minmium wage in New York State, but one major business group says the minimum wage should be set in Washington, not Albany. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Springfield, MA – Two regions in Western Massachusetts are tweaking their identities to attract more tourism and business revenue. While the Pioneer Valley has a history of luring business to the area...and the Berkshires have a well-established tourism legacy...each region is trying to improve the other half of the tourism-business equation. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Burlington, VT – Former Vice President Al Gore has formally endorsed Howard Dean in the Democratic presidential race. Gore told a crowd in NYC this morning that Dean is among a great field of candidates, but that he's the only one who has truly inspired Americans at the grassroots level. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has regional reaction.