Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

President Trump will sign sweeping executive orders Tuesday that take aim at a number of his predecessor's climate policies. The wide-ranging orders and accompanying memorandums will seek to undo the centerpiece of former President Obama's environmental legacy and national efforts to address climate change. It could also jeopardize America's current role in international efforts to confront climate change. A senior White House official says the goal is to make the U.S. energy-independent and...

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AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7 Billion

The Associated Press has tallied up business lost in North Carolina because of the controversial "bathroom bill," and estimates the total cost is at least $3.76 billion over 12 years. That estimate is probably low, the wire service says. The law in question, HB2, was passed just over a year ago. It blocks local jurisdictions from passing protections for gay and transgender people, and requires transgender people in government facilities to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth...

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 This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils - Spotlight Guides by Neil Curtis

Congressman Peter Welch
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FBI Director James Comey’s testimony meant different things to different people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

As a player, Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel's contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . . and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.

As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin. For more than five glorious decades, Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball--and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.  

But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight--an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball--Stengel remains an enigma. Acclaimed New York Yankees' historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel's quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. His new biography is: Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character.

Just days after the corroded wreck of the Sewol was lifted from the sea floor, human bones and possessions have been discovered on the long-sunken ferry, South Korean officials announced Tuesday.

Salvage workers "found bones of a dead person on the deck," Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official Lee Cheol-jo told reporters, according to CNN. "We have found a total of six bones ranging in size from four to 18 centimeters. We believe they came through the windows and opening of the ferry's bow."

Officials in New York, California, and elsewhere say they'll fight Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to cut off billions in federal grant money to cities that don't share the Trump administration's strict approach to enforcing immigration laws.

"The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted last night. "If they want a fight, we'll see them in court."

This is a picture of the inside of the Pittsfield Police station
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A former Pittsfield officer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the police union account he was entrusted to manage.

Work Has Begun On Two Bridges In Westchester

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that work is underway on a $17.1 million project to build two bridges in Westchester County. It’s part of his $542 million Empire Bridge program.

In the past, entrepreneur Elon Musk has described a "neural lace" that could add a symbiotic digital layer to the human brain. In the future, it seems, he'll try to build that device through a new company, Neuralink.

 

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is criticizing the Republican Trump administration's promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned cities Monday they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities. He suggested the government would come after grant money that already has been awarded to the cities.

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