Boston, MA – A Massachusetts program that helps senior citizens and the disabled afford prescriptions will not hold an open enrollment period in January. That's the latest from the Health and Human Services Department. The state says it's a matter of simple economics, but some senior advocate groups say it could leave people without their drugs. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – A New York State judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by various church ministries. The suit is based on religious grounds, and sought exemption from providing employees health insurance coverage for birth control. The plaintiffs say they will appeal the decision. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Red Hook, NY – A Dutchess County farm is headed for protection from future development. An area conservation group and owners of the farm are putting up just under one million dollars in the deal. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Catholic parishioners were read a letter this weekend from the state's bishops. It called the gay marriage ruling a national tragedy. But gay advocates say religion and politics should be kept separate. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Albany, NY – Two groups assessing New York State's fiscal health are criticizing the state's tax burden. One of the reports indicates that the local tax burden is the highest in the country - 72 percent above the national average. North Country Bureau Pat Bradley has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is writing a new Unit Management Plan for Valcour Island in Lake Champlain. While Valcour Island is known for its historic significance, environmental and conservation groups want its unique bio- and geologic diversity preserved. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley
Kingston, NY – Urban black bears are gaining weight and exercising less. So says a study published in the latest Journal of Zoology. Local conservationists say sprawl and lack of planning are to blame. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Manitoba, Canada – As people in Springfield, Massachusetts know, the city has played a prominent role in advocating for cheaper prescription drugs. But as more Americans look to fill their prescriptions in Canada, there could be a snag. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Washington DC – With passage of the most sweeping changes to Medicare since it's creation, Congress handed President Bush a major victory yesterday. Supporters say the reform was long overdue and will give seniors needed drug coverage. But opponents say the bill is a giveaway for insurance and drug companies. Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy led the fight against the bill. After it passed, he talked with WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.