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How The White House Got 2 Pharma Rivals To Work Together On COVID-19 Vaccine

President Biden said on Tuesday that a key milestone in the fight against COVID-19 could be reached two months faster than earlier projected. By the end of May, there should be enough vaccine doses for every adult in America, he said — a dramatic improvement to his initial timetable for late July. A turning point in speeding up that pledge came a few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon in early February, during a phone call with Johnson & Johnson executives that had been planned for 15 minutes...

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Neera Tanden Withdraws As Nominee For Office Of Management And Budget

Updated at 7:11 p.m. ET Neera Tanden, President Biden's controversial nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, has withdrawn her nomination. Biden said in a statement Tuesday he had accepted her request. "I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration," Biden said. "She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work." It had become increasingly clear that...

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Albany, NY – Supporters of the major NY Court of Appeals ruling in June on school aide distribution hope that state leaders will soon begin work on implementing the decision. The decision on NY City schools could be felt statewide. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

New Paltz, NY – It's back-to-school time at many colleges and universities. For the State University at New Paltz in Ulster County, first-time students start arriving tomorrow, some 950 of them. Perhaps their heads will turn as they see new electric cars on campus. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

Albany, NY – The Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut say a recent court ruling is a major step in their fight to preserve the federal Clean Air Act. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Plattsburgh, NY – A muti-agency disaster drill was held in Plattsburgh yesterday. More than 400 responders and 100 Plattsburgh state students partiipated. Officials from the state emergency management office, the Albany Medical Center and others were also on the scene to watch the response and provide assessments. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Memorial Hall exercise.

Buchanan, NY – Indian Point was among the may facilities shut down from the blackout last week, raising some "what ifs" regarding safety. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the nation's top independent experts on nuclear power.

Albany, NY – Most Niagara Mohawk customers in upstate New York had their power back on by late Thursday night, but officials say there will be "rolling blackouts" as the region recovers from the largest power outage in U.S. history. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Albany, NY – Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger and Ray Bradbury are all well known American authors, but they also have something else in common. Their books have at one time or another been banned. An english professor in our region is getting ready to teach a class this fall that studies banned books over the years. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Rhinebeck, New York – A Dutchess County, New York legislator hosted a public forum last night. Area residents filled Rhinebeck Town Hall wanting to learn more about St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport plant in Columbia County. Both sides presented their differing views on issues ranging from diesel truck traffic to emmissions to plumes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there.

Albany, NY – New York State has agreed to make changes in its food stamp program as part of a legal settlement. WAMC's Brian Shields reports the lawsuit involved how the state collected food stamp overpayments.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's only methadone clinic will receive an infusion of funds, thanks to US Senator Patrick Leahy. The quarter million dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services will allow the clinic to maintain its current services. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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