North Adams, MA – The Massachusetts Family Economic Self-Sufficiency project of the Boston-Based Women's Union has released a new report aimed at highlighting how much Massachusetts families need to earn in order to meet living costs without needing state or federal assistance. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Great Barrington, MA – The non-profit housing and homeless service agency, Construct Incorporated, will hold a fund-raising gala this weekend with proceeds to benefit the organization and Southern Berkshire families. A highlight of the evening will be the introduction of the agency's newly planned housing complex designed for low and moderate income households. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has this preview.
Plattsburgh, NY – The controversial president of SUNY Plattsburgh Horace Judson resigned at the end of the just-finished semester. An interim president will be on campus in June while the college seeks a new leader. The Plattsburgh State Presidential Search Committee met with community members last night to find out what they want in a new campus leader. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – A survey released Wednesday shows a majority of Massachusetts residents rate the quality of life in the Bay State as good or excellent. At the same time, three-quarters of respondents see the cost of living as a major problem in their lives and nearly a quarter say they'd leave the state should the opportunity arise. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana sends this report.
Albany, NY – In an effort to reduce underage drinking, representatives of the beverage industry and members of the state legislature have reached agreement on a plan to set up a system to register beer kegs. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
South Burlington, VT – Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign staff has moved to a larger space. The candidate and his staff showed off their new facility during an open house Tuesday evening. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with campaign staff, volunteers and the candidate.
Albany, NY – There are literally millions of old tires littered across New York along roadsides, in landfills and in vacant lots. Some of those old tires will be given new life as North America's largest tire recycling company is coming to upstate NY. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – This past Sunday was the first time liquor store were open in New York since Prohibition. It's a result of last week's move by the state Legislature to override Governor Pataki's veto of a repeal of the state's "blue laws" on liquor sales. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Defeated nationally during the Clinton Presidency, the idea of a single payer health care system has been discussed frequently in the Bay State ever since. Recent comments by Governor Mitt Romney, as reported by the Associated Press, have health care advocates cautiously optimistic. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.