Kingston, NY – Education reform sat high on Eliot Spitzer's list of priorities in his State of the State speech yesterday. WAMC's Julia Taylor caught up with lawmakers, advocates and school officials to see what they think of his plan.
Kingston, NY – Ulster County employees who are gay will be able to add domestic partners onto their health insurance policies. The Legislature voted to provide the benefit last night. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Julia Taylor reports.
Albany, NY – Capital Region lawmakers and officials heralded Gov. Eliot Spitzer's State of the State address as a sign of good things to come for the region. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has more on the reaction:
Albany, NY – According to author Damon Linker, George W. Bush has gone out of his way to blur the line between religion and politics in America. Linker says this has been acknowledged by his strongest supporters as well as his most strident critics. It is commonly assumed that the growing role of religion in public life has been driven by fundamental Protestants. However, in Linker's book The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege, he suggests that an exclusive focus on the evangelicals misses the heart of the story.
Saranac Lake, NY – A volunteer fire department in the Adirondacks has been told NOT to respond to emergency calls from some towns they service. The firefighters are not pleased that they've been put in the middle of a contract dispute between town officials. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Adams, MA – Health advocate offices across Massachusetts were a buzz with activity yesterday, the first day of enrollment into the Commonwealth Care program. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with health care advocate Chip Joffee Halpern, about the program;
Additional information at: Ecu-Health Care, in North Adams, 413-663-8711. Advocacy for Access, in Pittsfield, 413-445-9480. Advocacy for Access, in Great Barrington, 413-528-5045.