North Adams, MA – A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled ealrier this week a MAssachusetts tax on non-Medicare, non-Medicaid drug purchases was illegally implemented. The decision will result in an 18 Million dollar refund to all of the states' drug-stores. Berrkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Lake Placid, NY – Next weekend, the fourth Annual Lake placid Film forum kicks off next week. It's a chance for movie buffs to not only see films, but also meet and interact with actors, producers and writers about movie making. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a preview.
Springfield, MA – Recent on-air appeals from local public television outlets call for additional viewer support to ensure continued services from these outlets. How big is the peril facing public broadcasting? And is their fiscal situation different now than in years past? Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana takes a look at the problem.
Albany, NY – Under a new law in New York, there are restrictions and regulations on some of the wooden play structures found in playgrounds and parks across the state. Concern about the structures was raised last summer when a study found that, in some cases, the wood had been treated with toxic chemicals. As WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports, the city of Albany is moving ahead with a plan to replace all of its wooden play structures.
Boston, MA – The Legislature's Joint Committee on State Administration is poised to reject the Article 87 re-organization plans of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The committee will recommend both chambers of the Legislature vote down the plan...evidence, the administration says, of the Legislature's unwillingness to adopt meaningful reform. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Burlington, VT – Vermont Governor James Douglas signed a substance abuse initiative into law this morning. The nearly 8-million dollar plan will provide additional resources to fight drug problems in the state. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Lake Placid, NY – The public and Democratic leaders form across New York State gathered at the Lake Placid Olympic Center Saturday to listen to Presidential candidates espouse their policies and face questions in seven categories impacting rural Americans. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid.
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.