Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the fiscal year 2004 budget yesterday on Beacon Hill. The budget cuts school aid, eliminates prescription coverage for low-income elderly, and raises fees by almost four-hundred-million dollars. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Clinton County Legislature's Airport Committee Wednesday revealed tentative plans for a new passenger terminal at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The plans are part of moving the current Clinton County Airport to the former base and creation of the "Plattsburgh International Airport". Plans call for a 28-thousand square foot passenger terminal, despite diminished use of the current airport. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Cold Spring, NY – Farm worker advocates are on their way through the Hudson Valley today to call for better working conditions. But some of the region's farmers say they're too squeezed by a string of bad growing seasons to afford the changes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.
Albany, NY – As states face tight budgets and troubled economies, gambling becomes a more attractive revenue source. Once restricted to horse tracks and casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, legalized gambling can now be found in almost every state. Representatives of the gambling industry gathered this week near Albany for the New York Gaming Summit. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
Crown Point, NY – New York Governor George Pataki and Vermont Governor James Douglas met on Earth Day to reaffirm their states' commitment to protect Lake Champlain. The two governors renewed their cooperative management plan for the lake. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts is being sued by a group of pharmacies, most notably CVS and Brooks, who say the state's prescription assessment fee for all non-Medicaid drug purchases violates state and federal law. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Pittsfield & North Adams, MA – Local aid cuts are being felt in every municipality across the Bay State. Mayors in Berkshire County's two cities, Pittsfield and North Adams, are preparing for the worst as the House of Representatives prepares to release its version of the budget tomorrow. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – X-Men and Batman originated in the pages of comic books before making their leaps to the big screen. But you may not know that recent films such as From Hell and Road to Perdition started out in comics as well. The industry that is the foundation of those works is celebrating its medium, by giving away free comics throughout the country on May 3rd. Free Comic Book day could boost the sales of some comics, and the careers of cartoonists, including an artist from our region. Pat Bradley reports.
Albany, NY – For the second time in just over one year there has been a massive tire fire in the Albany area. The fire last week at a tire recycling facility has renewed the focus on the problem of millions of old tires in New York landfills. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.