Albany, NY – Summer vacation is well underway, and most children would rather not spend their time in school. WAMC's Brian Shields reports that 300,000 children go to school every day in New York State for a summer lunch program.
Montpelier, VT – The top Democrat in the Vermont Senate is critical of Governor Douglas' views of the Vermont Supreme Court. Peter Welch is concerned about the governor's comments that the court has not shown judicial restraint in recent decisions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature has restored over $ 40 Million of the $201 Million vetoed from the fiscal year 2004 budget by Governor Mitt Romney. Saying local communities have been hit hard enough, House and Senate lawmakers have restored $23 Million to the account for state aid to cities and towns. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Sullivan County, New York – Lawyers for Governor Pataki filed papers with the New York State Court of Appeals last week. They asked the state's highest court to stay its decision that the governor entered into a casino deal illegally, while the governor seeks to appeal to the Supreme Court on the matter. The outcome could affect casino developments in the Catskills. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Frequent travelers to Canada from Vermont and northern NY can now apply for the NEXUS program, which will allow drivers to avoid long lines at the Highgate Springs VT and Champlain NY border crossings. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The NYS Board of Elections today began a series of public hearings on a draft plan to implement the federal Help America Vote Act in New York. The law provides states money to modernize voting machines and update election procedures. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
Boston, MA – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's $13.6 million donation is one of the largest gifts ever received by the Boston public school system. The money, to be paid out over four years, will help 7,500 students at 19 Boston high schools, and will include five new small schools the money will help create. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Boston Public Schools Communication Director Jonathan Palumbo about what the grant means for the cash strapped school system.
Kingston, NY – The most recent figures show a decline in the Empire State's housing market, including the Hudson Valley. However, realtors and builders agree that sales of single-family homes along with housing starts remain strong and promising for many of the Valley's counties. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature is poised to take up debate today on a majority of the 370 vetoes issued by Governor Mitt Romney last week. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana filed this report.