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Google And Facebook Mandate Vaccines For Employees At U.S. Offices

Updated July 28, 2021 at 8:05 PM ET Google and Facebook will require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to the company's offices, the tech giants said on Wednesday. In a blog post , Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the vaccine mandate would apply to its U.S. offices in the coming weeks and would be required eventually for other locations. "Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,"...

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Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Updated July 28, 2021 at 7:24 PM ET Hours after bipartisan Senate negotiators reached a deal on an infrastructure package, the chamber voted to advance it, setting in motion a final vote on the bill in the coming days. The procedural motion was approved 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all Democrats to begin legislative action. The top Senate GOP leader, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, was among those voting to move ahead with the proposal. Earlier on Wednesday GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio told...

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Albany, NY – Today in the Community Corner Alan continues his conversation to Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, and Jennings tells Alan what lies ahead for both he and the city of Albany.

Pownal, VT – Business leaders are hoping that the new owners of the former Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal, Vermont can bring significant economic development to Bennington County -- and tap into the emerging technology hub in larger region, including New York's Capital Region. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief John Krol took a tour of the site.

Northampton, MA – Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy made headlines this weekend when he refused to meet with the Irish political leader Gerry Adams. Meanwhile, in a major change of position, Republican Congressman Peter King of New York harshly criticized the Irish Republican Army. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has more.

New Paltz, NY – The publishers of a Hudson Valley-area magazine, whose mission is to provide locally-driven content with something for just about everyone, are fresh from their one-year anniversary celebration of the publication. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the publishers about what the year brought, and what's yet to come.

Albany, NY – New York's junior senator says she's on a mission this week to fight to protect the existing Medicaid program, and remove proposed cuts from the Senate budget resolution. She says part of her remedy calls for the creation of a bi-partisan commission to recommend improvements. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.

Albany, NY – The Senate and Assembly revealed more details of their budget plans Monday, as it became clear that there are many unresolved differences on spending issues between the legislature and Governor Pataki. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.

Northampton, MA – Experts say a growing backlog of criminal justice cases in Massachusetts threatens defendants' constitutional right to a speedy trial. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has more.

Pittsfield, MA – A new report released by the Massachusett Budget and Policy Center says that women and girls are the primary beneficiaries of essential government services -- so budget cuts hurt THEM the most. The report was unveiled, as the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women appointed new members in Pittsfield. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief John Krol has the story.

Kingston, NY – A new EPA rule that requires coal-fired power plants to cut their emissions, will reduce the amount of pollution that drifts into New York from other states. Environmentalists say the federal air pollution regulations will help ecosystems to recover from years of damage from acid rain and smog. The EPA rule applies to 28 eastern states and the District of Columbia. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont's annual prison budget grew from $15 million in 1990 to $98 million last year. The state's Democratic legislature, Republican governor, and law enforcement officials all have different ideas on how to reign in the cost of incarceration in the Green Mountain State. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has more.

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