Albany, NY – The State Comptroller has announced a 30-million dollar investment in a venture capital program that will work to create and expand high technology jobs in New York State, especially across upstate. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – A Food and Drug Administration advisory group has voted to recommend that the morning-after pill be made available over-the-counter. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the move, though supporters say major hurdles still lie ahead. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – Facing lagging donations to finance its legal battle against New York State's new smoking ban, a statewide tavern owners' group has imposed a special assessment on its members. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts health officials said yesterday that the flu outbreak is now widespread in the Bay State. The progression from local cases to the widespread designation could fuel concern over this year's hard-hitting flu...but officials remind people to use common sense prevention measures. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Beginning January 1st gasoline that is sold in New York State may not contain the additive M.T.B.E. because of concerns about groundwater pollution. In some parts of the state Ethanol will be mixed into gasoline in place of M.T.B.E. . WAMC's Brian Shields reports that some are concerned about what the new mix will mean to drivers and to the state.
Pittsfield, MA – Residents, state and local politicians across Massachusetts remembered Gerard Downing as a man of integrity after his sudden death Monday. The Berkshire County District Attorney was a highly respected prosecutor, family and community man. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks has released a report saying all-terrain vehicles are tearing up Adirondack forest land and state government has done little to lessen the damage. But A-T-V groups decry the report and what they say is a stereotyping of A-T-V users. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Representatives from some women's and medical groups want to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter across the nation. They are presenting evidence today to the Food and Drug Administration to do so. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with people from both sides of the debate.
Catskill Park, NY – New York's Attorney General has released a report on water quality in the Schoharie Reservoir. He says a new water intake structure would not only improve the drinking water, but protect a Catskill Mountain trout stream. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is looking into a dramatic revamp of the state's court system. Under a new plan, local courthouses could be replaced with consolidated regional centers. But some Western Massachusetts politicians are leery of the plan. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.