Pittsfield, MA – The end of last week, one of the larger hospitals in Western Massachusetts announced layoffs and restructuring in the face of posting a loss. Hospitals in Massachusetts and throughout the county are facing tough times as they bear the increasing costs of more and more uninsured Americans. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Hanover, NH – Presidential candidate Howard Dean was at Dartmouth College Thursday to reveal his plan to help students deal with college costs. The plan guarantees tuition assistance and caps loan repayment based on income. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Sprawl is pervading the Hudson Valley. Preparing for and managing such growth in an environmentally sound and economically viable way is at the heart of the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance. The alliance's third annual conference is being held tomorrow, and WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview.
Lenox, MA – Clowns are part of almost every culture, and they have been since ancient times. It's a lighthearted role, but as a group of actors are realizing this week...there is a serious side to something most of us don't take very seriously at all. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has introduced legislation to establish a medal for military veterans who served during the Cold War years of 1945-1991. At least one organization is a bit skeptical of the idea. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Veterans' groups are teaming with a credit union to provide financial aid to Clinton County veterans and families of National Guard troops called to active-duty. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Granby, MA – A parent in Western Massachusetts frustrated with the MCAS graduation requirement tried to overturn the state mandate. It looks like he won't succeed, but he says that's a result of public apathy and lack of money. MCAS supporters say it's because the test has been widely accepted. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Millbrook, NY – As traffic hearings begin today regarding the proposed Columbia County St. Lawrence cement plant, an environmental council is busy conducting an independent study for the Dutchess County legislature. The analysis focuses on air quality, though traffic information does affect some of the council's research. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the head of the study for an update on the council's findings so far.
Berkshire County, MA – The Housatonic River is a central feature in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. But it's a river that residents have been denied use of in many areas because of contamination. In a widespread effort to restore the river, several groups are working toward the same end goal. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.