Pittsfield, MA – A proposal to create new fines for convicted sex offenders and restraining order violators and to raise fees for parolees was passed on a voice vote yesterday in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The new package will bring in over three and half million dollars per year and the money would be used to continue funding for the state's rape crisis centers and women's shelters. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – New York State's Office of Court Administration is looking at ways to make court records available on the internet, but putting those documents on-line opens up a number of privacy concerns. A state panel has scheduled a series of public hearings to consider those privacy issues. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House yesterday voted against proposals to raise the state income tax and to allow the state to borrow three-hundred-million dollars in short-term loans. The vote means the state will have to rely heavily on spending cuts to fight its way out of a three-billion-dollar budget gap. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Kingston, NY – It may be country air, but it's still not clean air. That's according to the latest air quality report from the American Lung Association. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – A hazing incident in March resulted in the death of a Plattsburgh State student. Plattsburgh city police Wednesday arrested 11 Plattsburgh State students in injunction with the incident. Police also revealed an unusual cause of death: water intoxication. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Egypt's Ambassador to the United States says the U.S. and Great Britain should turn over the rebuilding of Iraq to the U.N. or an international force as soon as possible. Ambassador Nabil Fahmy spoke at an Albany area college Tuesday evening about the Arab world after Saddam Hussein, and peace in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Buzzards Bay, MA – Nearly fifteen-thousand gallons of oil have spilled into the seas off Buzzards Bay since Sunday when a fuel-oil filled barge ruptured late Sunday. The single-hulled vessel, known as B120, was towed under Coast Guard escort this morning to port in Sandwich. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more on this story.
Plattsburgh, NY – Quebec has a new premier. Liberal Jean Charest was sworn in yesterday. Charest's staunchly federalist government follows nine years of Parti-Quebecois rule, which was highlighted by a 1995 referendum that almost removed the province from Canada. Despite the dramatic political change, most expect trade opportunities with the province to remain dynamic. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Goshen, NY – Hudson Valley farmers are facing this year's growing season with a mixture of hope and worry. They've had several years of big weather-related crop losses - and they're wishing for a change of luck in 2003. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.
Boston, MA – A broad coalition of social service groups will hold a rally tomorrow on Boston Common to urge lawmakers to increase state revenues and stop massive budget cuts. A movement to raise taxes seems to be growing across the Bay State as concerned citizens see essential services being cut. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.