Officials dedicate new fire services campus in Springfield


     A new Massachusetts Department of Fire Services campus was dedicated today in western Massachusetts. The state-of-the-art facility means fire department recruits will not have to travel for hours or stay away from home for days to receive training. 

    Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, and State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan joined with other state and local officials along with dozens of fire chiefs from across the state to dedicate the new $13.4 million complex in Springfield.

  Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50  books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays including Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, and A Handmaid’s Tale. Her latest, The Heart Goes Last, is a funny disturbing tale about a new future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

Photo of Fran Putnum of the Weybridge Energy Committee in front of boxes filled with postcards

World leaders are discussing the climate in Paris, but it’s very much on the minds of activists closer to home. Members of the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition delivered to the Statehouse what they claim were more than 25-thousand postcards calling for the creation of a carbon tax and Energy Independence fund in Vermont.

The conviction yesterday of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has provoked fresh calls to overhaul a state government with a long history of corruption. Times Union State Editor and Capitol Bureau Chief and co-host of New York Now Casey Seiler joins us in the studio to discuss political corruption in state politics and beyond.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to be New York's chief judge, responsible for administering the state court system and presiding at the Court of Appeals, its top court.

Kids at South End Children's Café
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At the hottest new restaurant in Albany’s South End, the lights are low, but the ambiance is lively.  

The tables are dressed with fresh linen, elegant water carafes and simple floral centerpieces. The décor is DIY trendy. A glittering chandelier made from silverware and wire catches the light as dozens of patrons enjoy meals made with organic, local ingredients.

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  Even supporters of the Affordable Care Act say the system has some problems.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about an investigation into Health Republic. 

  New York Times bestselling author Laura Schroff tells the remarkable story of her lifelong friendship with a boy named Maurice who she met on the street while he was asking for change in her book, An Invisible Thread.

Now, in a sweet picture book, Laura retells the first Christmas that she and Maurice spent together. She shares how Maurice gave her a small white bear and, as she later learns, the only thing he had that he could truly call his own—to show her how grateful he was for their friendship.

Laura Schroff is a former advertising executive who has helped launch: InStyle, Teen People, and People StyleWatch. Schroff has also worked as the New York Division Manager at People magazine and as Associate Publisher at Brides magazine.

      Dianne Ortmann and Carrie Knudsen from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Live to Air by Jeffrey L. Diamond
Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill
Felicity by Mary Oliver
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling; illustrated by Jim Kay
The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss