Springfield, MA – Gov. Deval Patrick is asking the state pension fund and major universities to help bolster the student loan market. Jill Rontey has more. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Middlebury, VT – Vermont roadways are reopening following preliminary repairs after flash flooding Wednesday. But it could be several days before all roads that were damaged in southern Addison County are reopened and officials can estimate the cost of the repairs. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
New Paltz, NY – Stories about the economy, the presidential campaign and the war in Iraq may get the headlines, but legislators in NY say the biggest issue facing the state right now is how to meet the coming heating crisis. Hudson Valley bureau chief Susan Barnett reports on a press conference where a number of programs to soften the blow were discussed.
Albany, NY – BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett(:45) (Music Out)
According to an international group called Water Aid...one sixth of the world's population doesn't have access to safe, clean drinking water. And investors are snapping up water rights, preparing for what's expected to be the next hot commodity. Susan Lien Longville is director of the Water Resources Institute at California State University San Bernardino.
Albany, NY – In June, Massachusetts-based "Sweat-Free Communities" released a report that found several U.S. states, cities and counties inadvertently using millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase goods from companies engaged in serious human rights violations. That report has become a catalyst for change, and a beacon of hope. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Albany, NY – The New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief was created in early 2008 to examine the root causes of high property taxes in New York State. In June, the commission released a preliminary report of its findings, which recommended making major policy changes, including establishing a property tax cap. Now Governor David Paterson has introduced legislation to cap property taxes, and lawmakers are set to take up the issue when they return to Albany.
WAMC's Alan Chartock hosted a panel discussion on this issue with:
Kabul, Afghanistan – COL Roy Tario speak with WAMC's Brian Shields about training and mentoring Afghan National Police in the Kabul area.
Colonel Tario commands the Regional Police Advisory Command - Kabul. He has team of Army mentors, mostly from New York who are serving as teachers, advisers and mentors to police chiefs, patrolmen and support staff of the Afghan National Police.