Brattleboro, VT – A community radio station in Brattleboro Vermont hopes to take on the Federal Communications Commission. The government wants the station shut down for operating without a license. But a judge did not grant the government's request this week. Community radio supporters hope the case could set a precedent. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Albany, NY – When U.S. troops captured Baghdad last year, a looting spree occured at the Iraqi National Museum. A local college professor says that while many of the items have been returned, there are other concerns for historians and archaeologists who study the region of the world considered to be the birthplace of western civilization. Brian Shields reports.
Montpelier, VT – A forum on wind power in Montpelier yesterday elicited a variety of opinions. Vermont officials are seeking public comment to help craft a state policy on wind energy development on state lands. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Hudson Falls, NY – New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has okayed a plan for how General Electric will stop PCBs from seeping into the Hudson River. The project focuses on the company's Hudson Falls plant. The heart of the plan calls for GE to build tunnels in what is believed to be the first operation of its kind for an environmental cleanup project. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Ludlow, MA – Hundreds of residents in a Western Massachusetts town were inoculated for Hepatitis A yesterday, after a pizza restaurant worker was hospitalized with the disease. The scare comes as Western Massachusetts is experiencing an overall increase in hepatitis cases. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Albany, NY – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants every driver in New York to pass a breathalyzer test before their vehicle could start. But opponents say the technology can't support such action, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers says mandating the device goes too far, for now. More from North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Millbrook, NY – A task force charged with evaluating potential impacts on Dutchess County from the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant has come out with its report. It says the county should have a voice in the permitting process. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence Cement issued a minority report on the same topic. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Northampton, MA – For many people, comics are an entertaining part of the newspaper. But for a growing number of people, comics are as relevant as any other medium. A class at Umass Amherst looks at the history of comics and where the genre might be headed. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – New York may join a growing number of states that ban the burning of household and farm trash in backyard burn barrels. State law currently allows for open burning of solid waste in towns with a population of 20,000 or less. Legislation has been proposed that would prohibit such open burning statewide. But farmers are concerned that there is no viable option for them to turn to if a ban is imposed More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Carmel, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is set to implement a project that would cut down on the amount of stormwater pollutants that enter a lower-Hudson Valley reservoir. If this system proves successful, other DEP sites in the Hudson Valley watershed region would play host to similar projects. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.