Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont is changing their system of identification numbers. Like many universities over the years, the college had been using social security numbers. But several years ago, the institution began to phase out public use of SSN's. The state of Vermont has also deemed the use of the individual's government issued number off limits. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Greenbush, NY – New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer rounded out a tour of all 62 counties in the state today. He ended at the New York National Guard's 42nd Rainbow Division headquarters in North Greenbush, where he discussed a bill to increase veterans benefits for National Guard and reserve troops. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein was there:
Albany, NY – Connectictut's Congressman-Elect Joe Courtney joins Alan Chartock in the Congressional Corner to discuss his campaign, the Democrats' plan for the first 100 hours, and Congress' new five-day work schedule.
North Adams, MA – Hospitals in Massachusetts are gearing up for a policy that requires them to collect more specific information about race as well as ethnicity information. As our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, hospitals patients can expect to be asked these questions starting January first;
Washington, DC – DURING THE NOVEMBER MID-TERM ELECTIONS, MANY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES RAN ON THE PREMISE THAT THEY WEREN'T REPUBLICANS'. THEY TOOK A STAND ON PARTICULAR ISSUES, SUCH AS THE WAR IN IRAQ, RETIREMENT SECURITY, THE ENVIRONMENT, THE ECONOMY, AND HEALTH CARE. TODAY WE HAVE OUR SECOND INSTALLMENT IN OUR CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES SERIES WHERE EACH WAMC BUREAU CHIEF REPORTS ON WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE INCOMING CONGRESS AND HOW LAWMAKERS PLAN TO TACKLE THE ISSUES.
Kingston, NY – Sullivan County's longtime clerk is on his way out the door because of sexual harassment charges. But he's only the latest in a long line of high-ranking county officials to leave. WAMC's Julia Taylor reports.
Albany, NY – (Airs: 12/15/06 and 12/16/06) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's program: The legislature meets in a special session, President Bush approves Federal disaster aid for eight upstate counties, and we'll have the story of a holiday display causing controversy in the Hudson Valley.
Albany, NY – AIRS: 12/17/06 and 12/18/06) WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith and WTEN Anchor Elisa Streeter discuss diversity in the newsroom, whether the media leans left or right, your letters and much more.