Albany, NY – At a New York Assembly hearing on library aid, the state's education commissioner and librarians said the state's public libraries are woefully under funded, and need more money to help New Yorker's compete in the global economy. Karen Dewitt reports.
Albany, NY – An Albany-based physicians' group that specializes in cancer treatment has agreed to pay over one million dollars to settle a Medicaid fraud civil suit. The announcement was made today by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has been investigating cases of fraud against the federal government's program to help the poor with medical costs. WAMC's Deborah Runcie has more.
Albany, NY – On In Our Backyard, the pros and cons of nuclear power. The future of the Yucca Mountain Repository and what to do with spent fuel rods. Wacky weather and why we've been whomped with it. A letter about a weird wild animal in the town of Wallkill, and some environmentally friendly stocking stuffer ideas from a listener. It's all coming up on In Our Backyard with Ward Stone. Air Date: 12/05/2005
Western Massachusetts – School officials throughout the Northeast Region are worried about the rising costs of heat and electricity. In the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, school districts like Chicopee and Holyoke are already bracing themselves for budget deficits that they may face.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports.
Albany, NY – ALBANY, NY (2005-11-28) Alan Chartock talks to Dr. Bob Schlesinger...and takes phone calls about urology. Dr. Schlesinger is director of Urology Services at New England Sinai Hospital in Boston. Air date: 12/05/05
Poughkeepsie, NY – For older citizens who are finding it difficult to determine which Medicare Part D prescription plan is best for them, senior centers and councils for the aging in the Northeast region have been trying to help. One example is the Dutchess County Office of the Aging in Poughkeepsie. It has a program that can help seniors figure out which plan will best meet their needs:
Northampton, MA – Some cities in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts are struggling to make ends meet, notably Springfield and Holyoke. But Northampton is in the fortunate position of deciding how to spend an unusually large 4-point-2 million dollar windfall. City officials say the money - - from a combination of lowered spending and increased revenue -- is likely in part to be saved for a rainy day.
Albany, NY – On this weeks' Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with author Adam Gopnik. Gopnik, whose previous book "Paris to the Moon" was a big bestseller, is back with a very different book about Paris. In his fantasy novel for all ages, "The King in the Window", Gopnick writes of a twelve-year-old boy who comes to the assistance of wraiths trapped in windows and mirrors--and ends up saving the universe. Air date: 12/5/05.