Albany, NY – As the U.S. Supreme Court accepts a case involving a challenge to the Pledge Of Allegiance in public schools, a new poll indicates many New Yorkers are not bothered by religious symbols and words in public places. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – Hundreds of anti-war protesters took to the streets of Montpelier over the weekend to march against the continuing war in Iraq. Police estimated the crowd between 300 and 500. The Vermont protest was held in conjunction with larger rallies in Washington DC and other locations across the country. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A bill making its way through the Massachusetts legislature would give undocumented immigrants in the state the right to get a driver's license. The issue hasn't become as controversial as it did in California, when that state passed a similar law. But as our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, it is a polarizing debate.
Kingston, NY – New York's first brownfield cleanup project under the state's recently signed Superfund legislation is in Kingston. An old gas station, a bus garage, and an abandoned dry cleaners will be redeveloped to make way for a national drug store. More from WAMC Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – The purpose and direction of the State University of New York has been the focus of controversy and debate in recent days following published reports that University at Albany President Dr. Karen Hitchcock may be forced out by SUNY Chancellor Robert King. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Clinton County and the city of Plattsburgh are at odds over plans to expand parking facilities at the County Government Center. The city's mayor says he will do whatever it takes to stop the county from implementing an expansion at its downtown location. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Glenford, NY – There is a Hudson Valley not-for-profit group that looks to educate breast cancer patients about choices typically not offered. As this month of breast cancer awareness draws to a close, Breast Cancer Options will hold its third annual complementary medicine conference Saturday at Bard College. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Bristol, VT – Lead was once used in paint and gasoline. Exposure by children can lead to learning and behavioral problems. While lead paint was banned in 1978, lead exposure is still a risk in homes built before that. Vermont Governor James Douglas and health officials this week are praising an effort to educate Vermonters about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Springfield, MA – A bus tour rolled across Massachusetts yesterday carrying politicians and senior citizens who rallied for cheaper prescription drugs at several stops. The day started in Boston and ended in Springfield, where WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was there and filed this report.
Central Massachusetts – A conference held in central Massachusetts yesterday focused on how the battered manufacturing industry can remain viable in the state. While its focus was central Massachusetts, manufacturing experts say the struggle is familiar throughout all New England manufacturing hubs. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.