Westfield, MA – For the first time in Massachusetts history a woman has been appointed as deputy chief of a professional fire department. Mary Regan has risen through the ranks since joining the department in 1987 and has recently been promoted to her new position in Westfield. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Burlington, VT – Three public high schools in Chittenden County, Vermont have agreed to try a school choice program. Students who live in communities served by the Burlington, South Burlington or Champlain Valley Union High Schools can apply to attend any of the three. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House of Representatives will debate two bills aimed at expanding legalized gambling. Speaker Thomas Finneran wants to settle this question tomorrow, before the House begins debate on the full 2004 budget later this month. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana files this report.
Albany, NY – The debate is underway into what role the U.S. should take in post-war Iraq. The war has left changes in the role of the U.N. and in the balance of power in the Middle East. WAMC's Brian Shields takes a closer look.
Poughkeepsie, NY – The Poughkeepsie-based Skipper Initiative is asking the New York State Legislature to declare next week "Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness week." Though that's likely to happen, another initiative to prevent SBS may take a while to win approval. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – Some environmental groups in the region are upset over proposed rules changes to the federal Clean Water Act. They are urging people to take action before the public comment period ends next Wednesday. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Rosendale, NY – Tomorrow, activists from around the country will head to Washington for another demonstration against the war on Iraq. In the Hudson Valley, peace groups are trying some new ways to call attention to their cause. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.
Buchanan, NY – New York state has been ordered to crack down on the Indian Point nuclear power plant's use of Hudson River water. Environmentalists are hoping the move will help restore the river's dwindling shad and sturgeon populations. WAMC's Lisa Phillips has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Adirondack Council testified this week before the US Senate Environment and Public Works committee about the president's Clear Skies Initiative. While the Adirondack Council says the Initiative would stop acid rain by the end of the decade, other environmental groups say the cuts aren't enough to reduce harmful emissions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Lawyers for the Boston Globe and Associated Press are in court today seeking to gain access to documents allegedly detailing over a billion dollars of cost overruns on Boston's Big Dig project. Rafael Lewis is a reporter for the Globe was in court this morning and took time to speak with Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana to tell him how the case came about and where he thought it might be headed.