Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Patricia Smith, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. Find out what's changed in the labor department since the Spitzer Administration took over. Commissioner Smith tells Alan about efforts to crack down on business that underpay workers and are out of compliance with the state's labor laws. Also, they'll talk about the connection between education, the state's workforce, and economic development.
Albany, NY – With New York's Racing Industry in flux, The state Racing and Wagering Board has approved dates in 2008 for the New York Racing Association to continue to hold races for a limited time. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has this update.
Rutland, VT – A program to help Community Action Agencies in Vermont distribute heating aid is trying to expand this year by getting more businesses to donate. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Hudson Valley, NY – Some say adoption isn't about helping children find homes anymore...it's about money. It's about children as an in-demand commodity. And while adoption agencies offer increasingly customized placement services to draw mothers, many states are considering changing laws that keep birth parents and their children apart for the rest of their lives.
Albany, NY – Listener essayist Michael Whaling has a few words for the venerable sport of golf. He proposes some radical changes in today's essay. Michael Whaling is an artist living in Sharon Springs.