Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has announced plans to expand the hours of the 33 one-stop Career Centers in the Commonwealth in an effort to lower the state's unemployment rate. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Ontario, Canada – A ruling in an Ontario Appeals court this week declared Canada's current definition of marriage invalid and ruled Canada's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Within hours two men married and other same-sex couples were seeking licenses. In Vermont, where civil unions are legal, activists are pleased, but don't anticipate any changes in the U-S. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A media campaign is underway urging people to get tested for H.I.V.. Free tests will be available in the Albany area June 21-27. WAMC's Brian Shields reports that several people who are H.I.V.-positive are urging others to take advantage of the free tests.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts abortion rights advocates are pushing legislation to make it easier for women who have been raped or who have had unprotected sex to get access to emergency contraception pills. The future of the bill, being filed for the first time at the Statehouse, is uncertain. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – There has been a dramatic rise nationally in cholestoral and heart disease in children. A New York assemblyman is proposing a new to tax on junk food, video games and tv commercials to pay for a childhood obesity prevention program. But some politicians and business groups say New York doesn't need more taxes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A new report says the well-being of children showed an overall improvement in the U.S. during the 1990's with a number of states in the northeast among the best places for children to live. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
North Adams, MA – The soaring cost of prescription drugs is once again the focus of attention in the Bay State. The administration of Governor Mitt Romney is looking at how a 10-year-old federal law, aimed at helping low-income individuals receive deep discounts on medications, might help serve some of the Commonwealth's uninsured residents. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – An effort is underway in New York to get doctors and patients to not rely so much on anti-biotics. WAMC's Senior Correspondent, Brian Shields reports that a website is at the center of the campaign called "Save Anti-Biotic Strength - New York".
Hanover, NH – A study of Vermont and New Hampshire adolescents by the Dartmouth Medical School found that children who watch movies where actors smoke a lot are about three times more likely to take up the habit. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Burlington, VT – Vermont will be welcoming dozens of Somali Bantu refugees over the next year. Some residents of the Burlington area, where most of the refugees are expected to live, are concerned whether the region has the resources it needs to help the refugees adapt. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.