Boston, MA – A smoking ban went into effect on Tuesday in Boston's restaurants and taverns. Now, the movement is growing to adopt the same guidelines on a state-wide basis. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – A mail-sorting center in the Albany area will be one of 14 postal facilities in the U.S. that will be a test site for a new system that checks mail for Anthrax. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Lake Placid, NY – The Vermont-based Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) is holding one of their largest undertakings this week. Early College Awareness Week is bringing together college officials and elementary students to help the kids think about their college future. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid for one of the workshops.
Pittsfield, MA – The playwright mentoring program of Berkshire County's Barrington Stage Company is presenting a series of performances designed to bring young people together to promote discussion of common problems associated with growing up. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana attended a recent production and sends this report.
Albany, NY – A new poll is out on how New Yorkers rate their U.S. Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both get the same approval rating, but as WAMC's Brian Shields reports, voters sometimes don't judge a U.S. Senator quite the same as they do. the President, Governor or Mayor..
Plattsburgh, NY – At the Adirondack Park Agency's upcoming monthly meeting, officials will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park's land use development plan. Sustainable tourism will also be the focus of a panel discussion. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – Raun Kaufman, director of Global Outreach at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, Massachusetts will be speaking to the Kiwanis Club in Great Barrington this evening. Diagnosed as profoundly autistic at 18 months Kaufman, who is fully recovered from autism, will explain what the treatment center is and how its program works. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Kaufman and others about autism and how it can be dealt with.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Legislature is starting to wrap up its 2003 session in hopes of adjourning before the end of May. House and Senate negotiators will be taking up differences over state spending. Legislators will also debate changes to the state's education funding and environmental permitting laws. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Northampton, MA – Residents of Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts were surprised to find anti-semitic and racist literature spread throughout certain neighborhoods over the weekend. The sign of a Northampton synagogue was also vandalized sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – One of the more influential organizations in Washington and in state capitols across the U.S. is AARP, which has more than 35-million members, all over the age of 50. The Executive Director and C.E.O. of AARP recently came to Albany for a lobby day. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.