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.
Amherst, MA – Astronomers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have proof of the Milky Way cannibalizing another galaxy. Maps of the destruction might shed some light on even larger space mysteries. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Montpelier, VT – Governor James Douglas and the Vermont Board of Education have named Richard Cate as the state's new Commissioner of education. The selection is being met with enthusiasm in the state's education community. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Lenox, MA – Tonight the town of lenox will hold its first public meeting for an anti-idling campaign. The initiave aims to get drivers to turn off their engines. It draws on a little-known state law and is praised by the EPA. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Ticonderoga, NY & Montpelier, VT – International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York has requested a permit from the New York State DEC to burn shredded tires to test its viability as a fuel source for the plant. But the move is upsetting Vermonters downwind of the mill. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – At a time when health insurance premiums are through the roof, the Ulster County Arts Council is offering what one of its board members says is a progressive new health plan. It's a less expensive alternative for those who go the doctor only two or three times a year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.