Fort Lauderdale Mayor Says His City Is 'Ready' For Irma

As Hurricane Irma brings devastating winds closer to the mainland United States, the 6 million people who live in South Florida are preparing for the worst. Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday issued an evacuation order for people living east of U.S. Route 1. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler ( @JackSeiler ) about how the city is preparing. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Governors Sound Off On How To Fix Health Insurance

The Senate is again trying to tackle the politics of health care. Rather than going for sweeping changes, lawmakers are acting more like handymen this time, looking for tweaks and fixes that will make the system that's already in place work better. Sen. Lamar Alexander , R-Tenn., is leading the effort to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets for next year. He's trying to get a bipartisan bill together in the next 10 days, he said Thursday. He's working against the clock;...

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Plattsburgh, NY – The US Ambassador to Canada was in Plattsburgh Thursday to meet with business and community leaders, and discuss cross-border issues. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Ambassador's luncheon presentation.

Berkshire County, MA – A plan for the creation of a new national forest in Northern Berkshire County is being discussed by the Romney Administration's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Although very early in the formative process the forest area would link up with the Green Mountain National Forest in Southern Vermont and will help preserve open space in the Berkshires. This report now from Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana.

New Paltz, NY – Hudson Valley college, high school, and middle school students were among the thousands nationwide to walk out of class in protest of a war against Iraq. Some are being punished for their actions. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips reports.

Montpelier, VT – Critics of genetically engineered foods are declaring victory in non-binding Town Meeting referenda Tuesday in Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Cambridge, NY – The only hospital in Washington County NY has announced that it will close. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Guilderland, NY – One of the largest shopping malls in upstate New York was the focus of controversy today. On Monday night, a man was arrested at the Crossgates mall in the suburb of Guilderland after refusing to take off a T-shirt that had an anti-war message. Today, 100 people wearing similar shirts went to the mall at lunchtime as a show of protest against the mall's policy. WAMC's Senior correspondent,Brian Shields reports.

Albany, NY – Joining us this week in the Congressional Corner is The Massachusetts Democrat, John Olver to discuss some district and state level transportation projects. Alan asks John about his position on the House Appropriations Subcomittee of Transportation.

Albany, NY – The book 'Congress And Its Members' is still on the table in the Congressional Corner. Today it's opened to the section on Vermont and New York and we start with NY's Maurice Hinchey. Alan wraps up the tour of our northeastern representatives with Congressional Quarterly Legislative Affairs Editor, David Hawkings.

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