Plattsburgh, NY – Food service workers at Plattsburgh State rallied for a union Thursday afternoon. Workers say they're tired of low wages, unaffordable health care and understaffing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, heard arguments Thursday in a long-running legal battle over education. The case could have a major effect on what level of education students are entitled to, and how it will be financed. In advance of the court hearing, plaintiffs in the case marched from New York City to Albany. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – Canada's Parliament is working a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Bush administration doesn't like the idea and is hinting that the two country's trade relationship could be compromised if Canada moves forward with the measure. Critics of the administration are pointing out that any trade repercussions would also be felt in the US, especially in New York, where two of the busiest border crossings are located. More from Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A smoking ban went into effect on Tuesday in Boston's restaurants and taverns. Now, the movement is growing to adopt the same guidelines on a state-wide basis. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – A mail-sorting center in the Albany area will be one of 14 postal facilities in the U.S. that will be a test site for a new system that checks mail for Anthrax. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Lake Placid, NY – The Vermont-based Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) is holding one of their largest undertakings this week. Early College Awareness Week is bringing together college officials and elementary students to help the kids think about their college future. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid for one of the workshops.
Pittsfield, MA – The playwright mentoring program of Berkshire County's Barrington Stage Company is presenting a series of performances designed to bring young people together to promote discussion of common problems associated with growing up. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana attended a recent production and sends this report.
Albany, NY – A new poll is out on how New Yorkers rate their U.S. Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both get the same approval rating, but as WAMC's Brian Shields reports, voters sometimes don't judge a U.S. Senator quite the same as they do. the President, Governor or Mayor..
Plattsburgh, NY – At the Adirondack Park Agency's upcoming monthly meeting, officials will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park's land use development plan. Sustainable tourism will also be the focus of a panel discussion. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – Raun Kaufman, director of Global Outreach at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, Massachusetts will be speaking to the Kiwanis Club in Great Barrington this evening. Diagnosed as profoundly autistic at 18 months Kaufman, who is fully recovered from autism, will explain what the treatment center is and how its program works. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Kaufman and others about autism and how it can be dealt with.