US News http://wamc.org en Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets http://wamc.org/post/officials-push-missile-shields-commercial-jets <p></p><p>Two New York legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel are asking the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:56:31 +0000 Dave Lucas 95846 at http://wamc.org Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://wamc.org/post/us-appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-health-law A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:40:42 +0000 editor 95412 at http://wamc.org Pew: Statehouse Reporting Down Across The U.S. http://wamc.org/post/pew-statehouse-reporting-down-across-us <p>The national media spend a lot of time at the White House and Capitol Hill, while local reporters keep track of the events at the city halls and town and village government buildings. But what about the 50 state capitals? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:32:00 +0000 Brian Shields 95178 at http://wamc.org Pew: Statehouse Reporting Down Across The U.S. Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children http://wamc.org/post/immigration-attorney-nonprofit-housing-centers-immigrant-children <p>The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:31:01 +0000 Brian Shields 94355 at http://wamc.org Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations http://wamc.org/post/pres-free-speech-people-political-influence-corporations <p>The co-founder and President of an organization dedicated to repealing the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling granting corporations the same rights as citizens in campaign finance matter, says the recent ruling on The Hobby Lobby case could give new energy to the effort. In "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby", the court ruled five to four that an employer may opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under The Affordable Care Act, based on religious objections. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:49:00 +0000 Brian Shields 94247 at http://wamc.org Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations Shinseki Resigns From VA http://wamc.org/post/shinseki-resigns-va <p>Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.</p><p>President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.</p><p>Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.</p><p>Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:22:45 +0000 Ian Pickus 91618 at http://wamc.org Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Ban On Gay Marriage http://wamc.org/post/federal-judge-strikes-down-pennsylvanias-ban-gay-marriage A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it violated the Constitution's Equal Protection clause.<p>The ruling comes a day after another<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/19/313985914/federal-judge-strikes-down-gay-marriage-ban-in-oregon"> federal judge used similar reasoning to strike down Oregon's ban on gay marriage</a>.<p>At this point, Pennsylvania becomes the ninth state to have its ban on gay marriage struck down by a federal judge. Tue, 20 May 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 90885 at http://wamc.org Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell http://wamc.org/post/judge-refuses-drop-charges-against-former-va-gov-mcdonnell A federal judge refused to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:55:55 +0000 editor 90877 at http://wamc.org Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants http://wamc.org/post/chipotle-tells-its-customers-not-bring-guns-its-restaurants Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food chain, is asking its customers not to bring guns into its restaurants.<p>The announcement is similar to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/18/223652632/no-guns-please-starbucks-tells-customers">one the coffee giant Starbucks made back in September</a>. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:19:53 +0000 Eyder Peralta 90848 at http://wamc.org Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities http://wamc.org/post/how-far-your-paycheck-goes-356-us-cities There's this thing people say all the time in New York and other expensive cities: If I could move somewhere cheaper, and keep my income the same, I'd be much better off.<p>Alas, in places where the cost of living is lower, pay tends to be lower as well.<p>So what you really want to know is this: How much do workers make in different cities? And how far does that money go in each city?<p>The <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/rpp/rpp_newsrelease.htm">government recently released a data set</a> that lets us dive into these questions. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:19:29 +0000 Quoctrung Bui 90850 at http://wamc.org How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities