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WAMC New York News
4:17 am
Wed December 6, 2006

Racing for the racing franchise

Albany, NY – The future of New York's horse racing franchise still uncertain. One of the top contenders to win control of New York's three major thoroughbred racetracks at Saratoga, Aqueduct and Belmont is now promising to make New York racing competitive with the famed Kentucky franchise. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has more:

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WAMC New England News
4:14 am
Wed December 6, 2006

New Educational Offerings

Pittsfield, MA – It is estimated that up to half of the 2,200 vacant jobs in Berkshire County are in the industrial manufacturing sector. And Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report on a partnership between local businesses and two educational institutions designed to help fill in that gap;

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The Book Show
3:37 am
Wed December 6, 2006

The Book Show #960

Albany, NY – This week, writer and master of American letters Gore Vidal talks to Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about his new memoir, "Point to Point Navigation." Vidal shares his thoughts on the decline of the novelist in American culture and the childhood experiences that led to his brushes with politics. He also talks about why movies made from novels usually fail and the trouble with America today.

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The Roundtable
1:44 am
Wed December 6, 2006

Listener Essay: Dina Stander "Tree Season"

Albany, NY – Tree season is here again. All across the country, people are strapping conifers to their roofs and unwrapping heirloom ornaments, still dusty from their year long slumber in the attic. Today, essayist Dina Stander, shares her family's reluctant journey to Christmas tree acceptance.


Dina Stander is a writer and artist who lives in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

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WAMC New York News
12:09 am
Wed December 6, 2006

Ulster County looks at fixing nursing home

Kingston, NY – Ulster County, New York's nursing home has been losing money for years. In addition, the facility needs repairs. Some county legislators want to start exploring options for a new facility, now that the statewide Berger Commission has recommended that counties revamp their public nursing homes. WAMC's Julia Taylor reports.

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11:36 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Word For The Wise #3127

Albany, NY – Word For The Wise #3127--12/05/06: Mr. Irrational Exuberance, Alan Greenspan

WAMC New York News
6:02 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Dutchess County compromises on parks

Kingston, NY – It looks like legislators in Dutchess County, New York, have finally come to a compromise to fund park and stadium improvements. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Julia Taylor has more.

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WAMC New York News
3:27 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Sky's the limit with new knees

Colonie, NY – Healthcare workers and case managers in New York's Capital Region gathered last week to discuss the latest technologies and issues surrounding prosthetics. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has more:

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WAMC New York News
3:22 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Commuter rail in the works

Albany, NY – The New Year may bring a new experiment with commuting in the Capital Region. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has more on plans to test out a commuter rail between Albany/Rensselaer and Saratoga Springs.

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WAMC New England News
11:53 am
Mon December 4, 2006

Group Wants In-Classroom Spending Commitment of Sixty-five Percent

Fair Haven, VT – A group in Vermont wants the state's schools to commit at least sixty five cents of every education dollar on in-classroom instruction. But critics say it's simply a gimmick that cannot help student achievement. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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