Kingston, NY – The Energy Policy Act passed the House yesterday by a vote of 246 to 180. Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey says it's one of the worst pieces of legislation he has seen in decades. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the Congressman about the bill.
Albany, NY – Federal officials say this years flu season may be worse than had been expected because the flu strain is not an exact match with this years flu vaccine. State officials in New York are urging people to be vaccinated. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – New York's Attorney General is among more than a dozen AG's that have filed for an injunction to block implementation of an EPA rule change. The A-G's say the planned roll-back in the Clean Air Act will lead to higher rates of respiratory disease, smog and acid rain. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Green County, NY – Plans for a power line that would run from just south of Albany to New York City have been filed with the Public Service Commission. Some of the project's details have changed from a few months ago, after a surge of opposition in Greene County. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Foundation for Excellent Schools held their annual conference this weekend at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The keynote speaker was consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The New York State Education Department is rolling out a program next month to help parents become involved in their children's education. The program is required under the No Child Left Behind Act. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.
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.