Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

Senate Republicans passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint late Thursday by a narrow 51-49 vote, with Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul joining Democrats in opposing the measure considered a key step in forward on President Trump's promises of a tax overhaul. The White House praised the bill, saying it "creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts." Politico writes: "The budget resolution does include a decade of proposed spending cuts and...

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California Wildfires Leave Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California. "It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing." The wildfires in Northern California have already done...

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U.S. District Court Judge Susan Ritchie Bolton says that President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not "revise the historical facts" of his case — and that she will not vacate her ruling that found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses commercial phone calls, speeches by former Presidents Obama and Bush, Republican budget resolution, John Kelly's defense of President Trump's conversation with a fallen soldier's family.

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MLB-NLCS

Enrique Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night behind Clayton Kershaw to reach the World Series for the first time in almost three decades.

Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Cody Bellinger had three hits as Los Angeles ended Chicago's title defense with a dominant performance in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood of the Berkshire Eagle about a North Adams city council forum and opioid addiction in Massachusetts.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Sunny and breezy today.  High in the upper 60's.

Clear tonight. Lows in the mid 40's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow. Highs in the lower 70's.
Breezy tomorrow.  High in the upper 60's.

In a four-day nationwide aimed at sex trafficking, the Federal Bureau of Investigations says it had rescued 84 minors, and arrested 120 people.

The 11th annual Operation Cross Country was coordinated by the FBI Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and involved 55 FBI field offices, 78 state and local task forces and several international partners, according to an FBI statement.

The world is incredibly close to wiping out polio. This year the number of polio cases has shrunk to fewer than a dozen. And those cases are in just two countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"We are definitely encouraged by the decline in number of cases," says Dr. Rana Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistan. His country has seen the number of reported polio cases drop from more than 300 in 2014 to just 5 so far in 2017.

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." That's harsh language from the downtrodden sixth-grade narrator of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, a blockbuster series of graphic novels.

But it speaks to a broader truth.

State legislative races don't usually draw a lot of national attention – but Virginia's House District 13 race is: it pits a Republican incumbent known for unsuccessfully sponsoring a so-called "bathroom bill" against a transgender woman.

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