Plattsburgh, NY – The Vermont-based head of a multi-state effort to drive down prescription drug prices is praising a U-S Supreme Court ruling on a program to be implemented in Maine. Advocates of lower drug prices hope it will lead to more states enacting similar price-reducing laws. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Ninety-six-million-dollars ($96 M) to save the state's discount drug plan is expected to be included tomorrow when the Massachusetts Senate releases its version of the budget for fiscal year 2004. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – This weekend marked the implementation of New York State's strictest-in-the-nation acid rain laws. Although most acid rain emissions are from outside the state, environmentalists say New York's restrictions are a step in the right direction. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The recent arrest of a Buffalo man, who allegedly sent hundreds of millions of unsolicited advertising e-mails using accounts set up with stolen credit cards, once again brought up concerns about computer security. As WAMC's Brian Shields reports the case also renewed the debate over the e-mail ads often called spam.
Boston, MA – A study released last week shows the New England region being especially hard hit with adult asthma. Of the top seven states with incidence of the disease five are located right here in the Northeast with Massachusetts leading the nation. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – As more and more farmland is sold to developers, efforts are underway to protect and preserve farms. One such effort in Albany County will allow an orchard that has operated for four generations to continue. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Lenox, MA – About 25 people, many members of the Housatonic Valley Association and other local environmental groups, met with a top-ranking official from the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development to discuss portions of the governor's massive re-organization plan for state government. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana was there and files this report.
Williamstown, MA – The longstanding agricultural heritage of Western Massachusetts has seen a steady decline in the number of working farms dotting the landscape. Now, technology and farming are merging on some Berkshire County farms to keep energy costs down and support the sustainability of local agriculture. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana visited one such operation and sends this report.
Burlington, VT – Vermont's largest hospital - Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington - is laying off 50 people, cutting the salaries of 400 doctors and executives, and eliminating 78 vacant positions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – Frequent travelers between Quebec, Vermont, and northern New York will soon have a speed-pass type system that will allow them to use an express lane to cross the border. The system will be implemented this summer at the border crossings at Highgate Springs, Vermont and Champlain, New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.