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.
North Adams, MA – North Adams Planning Board delayed a decision last night that would have green-lighted the only business in Berkshire County to offer residents cheaper drugs from Canada. The board wants to make sure the permit would be legal. But the applicant says it's a question of fairness, not legality. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
New York, NY – The Environmental Protection Agency is out to reduce emissions, and has proposed two of three standards to do so. The third proposal would reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants, and is due out by December 15th. However, the proposal was leaked, and environmentalists who have seen it say it is disappointing, and does not bode well for New York. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Last week the Washington DC based Judicial Watch filed suit to gain access to Howard Dean's sealed gubernatorial records. The former governor had been criticized for the secrecy, and using his presidential campaign as a basis for preventing access to the documents. This weekend, Howard Dean said he will let a judge determine which of his sealed gubernatorial records should be opened to the public. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.