Albany, NY – The statewide ban on smoking has been the law in New York or four months. Now, establishments that feel they have been hurt by the ban are requesting waivers, a process that is becoming as controversial as the law itself. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Lenox, MA – A panel of scientists were in Lenox, Massachusetts this week to review a report on potential health problems associated with parts of the Housatonic River. Both General Electric and members of the public asked for the report to be modified...but in opposing ways. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – A new Institute is being formed at Plattsburgh State in conjunction with its Center for the Study of Canada. The Institute of Quebec Studies will be the first of its kind in the US. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Dutchess County continues to lead the region in year-to-year job growth. And, for the first time in awhile, Sullivan County did not show a decline. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Salisbury, CT – Western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts could become preserved and protected under the National Park Service. What people think of as the Berkshires and the Litchfield Hills could ultimately merge into geographic area. More from WAMC"s Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for comment on its plan for reviewing proposals for new or expanded hazardous waste facilities. The DEC estimates the state's sole commercial land disposal facility will reach capacity by 2005. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Four years ago, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered legislators to find a way to offer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Now, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has ordered its legislature to find a way to allow same sex couples to marry. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley asked Vermonters that were involved in the civil union debate what they think of the Massachusetts ruling and how they think it affect Vermont's Civil Unions law.
Syracuse, NY – Critics of NY's Empire Zone program say some businesses are taking advantage of loopholes to snag thousands of dollars in tax breaks. The head of Empire State Development says they are working to close those loopholes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A federal court this week heard the case of Jose Padilla , a U.S. citizen held for a year and half without access to the courts or a lawyer. Padilla was designated by President Bush as an enemy combatant after the government alleged he was involved in a plot to explode a radioactive "dirty bomb". WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with a legal expert on the Padilla case, and other detainments after 9/11.
Boston, MA – Yesterday's groundbreaking decision by the Massachusetts highest court ruled that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. The move has drawn clear battle lines, and set the stage for political debate to unroll in the Bay State and beyond. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.