Stockbridge, MA – Everyday, for the last 70 years, the bells have rung on Eden Hill in Stockbridge at the Marian Fathers' National Shrine of Divine Mercy. Those bells have taken on added significance now that our country is at war and Father David Lord, rector of the National Shrine, has invited all who hear them to pray for peace and calm in the world. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Father Lord and asked him how the Marian Fathers view this war.
Buchanan, NY – 24 hour air patrols have resumed in the skies over New York City - and the Hudson Valley's Indian Point nuclear power plant. But plant critics say that won't be enough to protect the plant from a terrorist attack. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.
Monticello, Ny – Oral arguments on the lawsuit over the constitutionality of expanded gambling will be heard in New York's highest court this week. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.
Easthampton, MA – A Friday afternoon meeting in Easthampton, Massachusetts allowed Berkshire County environmentalists an opportunity to discuss concerns with state officials. Restructuring plans and changes in state funding procedures topped their list of questions. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Albany, NY – U.S. Intelligence officials believed that Saddam Hussein, and other top Iraqi officials, were in the compound in southern Baghdad that was the target of a cruise missile attack. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a former U.S. Army General for a better look at the strengths and drawbacks of military intelligence in the war with Iraq.
Pittsfield, MA – The Romney Administration, through the Board of Higher Education, has proposed massive budget cuts at state colleges and community colleges. In the Berkshires, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts would lose about a third of its annual budget while Berkshire Community College would see one-fourth of its state appropriation slashed. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Plattsburgh NY – Peace activists are protesting the start of the war in Iraq. Montpelier, Burlington and Brattleboro were among the Vermont cities that saw protests Thursday. Towns across New York's North Country also saw protests. The groups plan to continue vigils and protests as long as the Bush administration continues its war in Iraq. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.