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.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers could reconsider a bill this week that would lift the historical Sunday ban on selling alcohol. Negotiations are underway that could either lift the ban entirely, or just along the state's Western border. More from Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Pittsfield, MA – The Pittsfield mayor's race is between incumbent mayor Sara Hathaway and business executive James Ruberto. Hathaway defeated him Ruberto two years ago by about 1,000 votes. Yesterday we heard from Hathaway about her campaign. Today, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has a profile James Ruberto.
Plattsburgh, NY & Burlington, VT – A new program, jointly administered by Plattsburgh State and the University of Vermont, will recruit and train new Canadian studies instructors. This week officials from the two colleges and Canada introduced the CONNECT program: designed to improve Canadian studies throughout the U-S. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Albany, NY – New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is one of many in the state fighting a congressional plan that would charge the elderly a fee for home health care. The senator says those in the Hudson Valley would be impacted the most. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – The mayoral race in Pittsfield is reaching fever pitch, as anyone who lives in the city or drives through it can see by the increasing lawn signs. Incumbent mayor Sara Hathaway is facing plastics industry executive James Ruberto. Hathaway beat Ruberto in the previous election by about 1,000 votes. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson will profile both candidates today and tomorrow, starting with Mayor Hathaway.
Plattsburgh, NY – The C-V-P-H Medical Center in Plattsburgh has taken another step forward in their effort to create an open-heart surgery and coronary angioplasty center. The northern NY hospital has announced their Director of Cardiac Surgery, who will provide medical oversight, and recruit and train personnel for the program, in conjunction with St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Dutchess County is one step away from using a pesticide in testing deer station feeders. The research project aims to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease. On a separate front in the county, the legislature last night voted to approve a one-time, lump sum tobacco payout. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.