Albany, NY – Police using dogs that are trained to sniff-out guns, drugs and explosives have searched Schenectady High School several times since the school year began in September. School officials and police say the searches are for the safety of students, faculty and staff in a city with a recent history of violent crime. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Great Barrington, MA – Every public school in Berkshire County will now have endowed education funds, thanks for a public-private partnership. The money will be used for enrichment programs that fall outside the scope of school's operating budges. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Syracuse, NY – New York Governor George Pataki has signed into law a forestry measure that addresses timber theft and sustainable forestry. The measure also establishes a ""Right to Practice Forestry" initiative to ensure that legitimate and sustainable forestry activities are not unduly restricted or banned by local ordinances. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Greenport, NY – Hearings on noise impacts from the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant in Columbia County are a few weeks away, and the Department of Environmental Conservation has requested additional information from the cement company on the topic. Opponents say the letter backs what they've been contending all along. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Kingston, NY – The three founders of a Breast Cancer Foundation are walking one-hundred miles this week to raise money for Hudson Valley women and families affected by breast cancer. One of the walkers, and founders, is area Assemblyman Patrick Manning. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the founders during their walk.
Northampton, MA – Governor Romney was in Western Massachusetts yesterday, stopping first in Springfield and then Northampton to make an affordable housing announcement. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Hyde Park, NY – The voting on new zoning ordinances in a Dutchess County town ended in a tie after one council member was banned from casting his vote. The council member says he will appeal the decision that barred him from voting, and he may have the town board's support. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – A bill to address childhood obesity by implementing prevention programs across New York State awaits Governor Pataki's signature. Health advocates say the state needs to begin such programs now in order to address a state and nationwide epidemic. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Pittsfield, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency held a meeting last night with Pittsfield residents to explain the next portion of dredging the Housatonic for PCBs. Officials were on hand to address concerns over the project. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson was there and filed this report.