Albany, NY – NY Governor George Pataki has introduced a 40-page bill to toughen the penalties for drunken driving. One provision would create a new crime for drivers with a high blood alcohol level. Another would allow for consecutive prison terms for drivers who kill more than one person in alcohol- related crashes. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Gardiner, NY – Mid Hudson Valley sexual assault victims' advocates are planning two very different events to raise community awareness: a traditional "Take Back the Night" march and a skydiving event. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.
North Adams, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's plans for reorganizing higher education have not been received favorably by many groups involved in the community or state colleges or university system. Maynard Seider, Professor of Sociology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and President of the school's facutly association, says his union chapter's future is in doubt. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber of Commerce has won this year's Excellence in Rural Economic Development Award'. The award, from the US Commerce Department, is designed to highlight outstanding economic development practices. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – Assisted living centers are a fast-growing option for the elderly, but in some cases they remain unlicensed and unregulated by the state. That would change under legislation introduced in New York by Governor George Pataki. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Pittsfield, MA – A new county-wide program, Walk with me in the Berkshires, has enlisted over twelve-hundred residents in an effort to improve their physical fitness levels over the next eight weeks. Participants are motivated by having their daily steps measured by pedometer and their weekly step total published in The Berkshire Eagle. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana recently visited one of the many groups involved in the program.
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY – The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by architect Frank Gehry, opens next week on the campus of Bard College. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips recently spoke with Bard president Leon Botstein about the new building.
Albany, NY – NY Senator Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to change the formula that is used to allocate federal money to Veterans Administration hospitals and programs across the country. Schumer says the current system shortchanges the northeast in favor of states in the south and west. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Elizabethtown, NY – The New York State Commission of Corrections has ordered the Essex County jail to close within 30 days. A report found numerous fire code and maintenance violations. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
North Adams, MA – The Massachusetts State College Association, the Massachusetts Teachers' Union and the President of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Faculty Association are lining up in their opposition to Governor Mitt Romney's plan to re-organize higher education in the Commonwealth. They say the plan amounts to union busting at many of the state's smaller institutions. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.