Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry makes his Presidential bid official today. He's slipped in recent polls, but there's plenty of time yet for Presidential hopefuls to carve themselves out of the pack. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson talked with political analyst Tobe Berkovitz, an associate dean at Boston University's College of Communications.
Great Barrington, MA – This weekend marks the end of the busiest tourism season in the Berkshires. Although leaf peeping keeps out-of-towners in the area for a while longer, crowds start to thin starting next week. But some shops, inns and restaurants are launching a plan to lure tourists back when they normally wouldn't be here. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Bush administration has adopted a new rule that bypasses the Clean Air Act's New Source Review provision. Under the Act, power plants are required to install pollution reduction technology when plants are upgraded. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, as well as other states plan to sue the Bush administration over the rule change. Now, Pennsylvania's environmental chief is joining the chorus of administration critics. More from Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A coalition of environmental and health groups has released a new report that says the problem of ozone pollution, better known as smog, is getting worse in New York State and nationwide. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – This week has seen repeated headlines about the death of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan. Most recently, prosecutors announced that Geoghan's conviction of child molestation would be voided. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson spoke with some of those who have been affected.
Albany, NY – The blackout of August 14th has led to a debate on deregulation of the electric industry. Some argue that more government control is needed to avoid another massive power loss, but others contend that real deregulation has never been given a chance to work. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
North Adams, MA – State education officials classified North Adams schools as under-performing last fall. Yesterday, education representatives again said North Adams schools have more work to do. Berkshrie Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.
Plattsburgh, NY – Vermont and New York are among 24 states whose Attorneys-General have signed a letter to the president of the Motion Picture Association asking him to reduce the amount of on-screen smoking. The AG's want to reduce the amount of smoking shown in films in order to prevent teens from taking up the habit. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Berkshire County – The Berkshires are synonymous with vacation homes and retirement houses, but not with affordable housing. Now, several towns with upscale images are taking a closer look at the issue of affordable housing. Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has the story.