Plattsburgh, NY – Two bills to address invasive species in New York have moved forward in the legislature and are expected to be approved before the session ends this week. Environmentalists say the bills provide a critical first step dealing with aquatic invasives - public education. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A Massachusetts task force, formed in March, will meet tomorrow to begin looking at how our coastal waters are being used and to explore how the state can best regulate those uses. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York State will start enforcing its ban on Internet cigarette sales on Wednesday. The ban is intended to bring in millions of dollars in tax revenues lost annually. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – The second annual Quebec-New York Border Summit will be held Monday in Montreal. Presented by the Plattsburgh/North Country and Quebec Chambers of Commerce, it will focus on facilities and enhancements scheduled for the Champlain-Lacolle crossing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
South Hadley, MA – Still haven't made it out for that special something for Dad on Father's Day? It's O.K., Dad won't mind. According to a new study "Flowers for Mom, a Tie for Dad: Doing Gender on Mother's and Father's Day" by Nicole Gilbert. She finds that although Dad's get less and celebrate less, they are more satisfied with their day than Mom's are with theirs. Arlen Cellana asked Gilbert why she chose this topic and what she hoped to learn.
Albany, NY – A former U.S. Army general says as time goes on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will become more difficult. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Dr. David Arney, an expert in military intelligence who is now the dean of mathematics and sciences at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, about the ongoing search for WMD.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has announced plans to expand the hours of the 33 one-stop Career Centers in the Commonwealth in an effort to lower the state's unemployment rate. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Ontario, Canada – A ruling in an Ontario Appeals court this week declared Canada's current definition of marriage invalid and ruled Canada's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Within hours two men married and other same-sex couples were seeking licenses. In Vermont, where civil unions are legal, activists are pleased, but don't anticipate any changes in the U-S. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A media campaign is underway urging people to get tested for H.I.V.. Free tests will be available in the Albany area June 21-27. WAMC's Brian Shields reports that several people who are H.I.V.-positive are urging others to take advantage of the free tests.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts abortion rights advocates are pushing legislation to make it easier for women who have been raped or who have had unprotected sex to get access to emergency contraception pills. The future of the bill, being filed for the first time at the Statehouse, is uncertain. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.