The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is set to open on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

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Albany police have released the identity of a man found Saturday morning in the Hudson River.

Repair Cafes Grow In the Hudson Valley

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Repair Cafés are taking off in the Hudson Valley. From Beacon to Woodstock and Rhinebeck to Warwick, they are free community events where residents bring broken items and volunteer experts fix them. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with John Wackman, who organizes Repair Cafés in the Hudson Valley. He says the first one in the region began in New Paltz five years ago.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Foraging With Family Members

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Lucy Gardner foraging for morels
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I’d been told many years back that we had horseradish down by our stream. For all I know we still do but I’ve never been able to find it. Horseradish doesn’t even rank high on my list of condiments. But it was pleasant knowing that something edible grew wild on our property, that not everything that entered our stomachs required a cash outlay. 

Plattsburgh city attorney Dean Schneller reviews charter during special meeting of Common Council
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read called a special meeting of the Common Council Friday to review their duties and responsibilities as outlined in the City Charter.  But some clauses appeared to become less clarified as the discussion progressed.

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News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, May 19, 2018.


      With the scheduled opening of the first resort casino in Massachusetts less than 100 days away, MGM Springfield is holding more information sessions for job-seekers. 

A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a Vermont retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it.

(Airs 5/18/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: We’ll take a look at NY Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon’s promise to open a Moreland Act commission to investigate corruption, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the process to replace now disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and there’s a controversial plan to remove a dam and drain a lake in Ulster County.

Woodruff Hall at Castleton University
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Castleton University in Vermont has announced staff layoffs as part of an effort to close a $1.5 million operating loss.

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Capital Region communities are seeking action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on two local landfills.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 18, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 18, 2018.

Spirit of Springfield

    The show will go on. But, for the first time in more than 25 years, fireworks will not be launched over the Connecticut River on the Fourth of July in downtown Springfield.

Mayor Morse
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Six months after a massive fire leveled dozens of buildings, the city of Cohoes is applying to the third round of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. 

     A suspended Springfield, Massachusetts police officer has been arrested for sexually assaulting a child. 

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Today we welcome chefs Michael Lapi and Josh Coletto back to Food Friday to discuss open firing cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

#1504: Difficult Women, Brave Women

May 18, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we speak with an author of a book about difficult women and hear from leaders of women’s groups about abuse allegations that took down a state attorney general. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is aiming for a young demographic.


An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

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It's time to give you the microphone. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Judith Knight, a private practice attorney from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is running in this summer’s Democratic primary for Berkshire County District Attorney seat. It’s not her first time. In 2006, she ran against then-DA David Capeless. Now she faces his longtime second-in-command Paul Caccaviello, who was appointed to replace Capeless in advance of this year’s election. She’s also up against another Great Barrington attorney, Andrea Harrington. Below is a WAMC web exclusive where Knight talks about her 2006 bid against Capeless.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Council is a key advocate before the New York state legislature and state agencies to ensure the protection of the wilderness and communities of the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park.  Among the current issues of current concern is a plan by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct joint public meetings regarding the Unit Management Plans for the High Peaks Wilderness and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest areas.  Council Spokesman John Sheehan says while his organization had encouraged joint meetings for non-controversial items, this is not what they intended.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 18, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 18, 2018.

An Albany police officer signals Mayor Kathy Sheehan it's time to ride down Clinton Avenue on Bike To Work Day 2018.
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It's become a rite of spring in New York's Capital City:  "Bike To Work Day."

When Prince Harry of Wales took his American girlfriend, Meghan Markle, to have tea with his grandmother the queen, avid royal watchers had a hunch that a royal wedding was not far off. That prediction came true on November 27, 2017, when the twosome announced their engagement to the world. As they prepare to tie the knot in a stunning ceremony on May 19, 2018, that will be unprecedented in royal history, people are clamoring to know more about the beautiful American who captured Prince Harry’s heart.

In "American Princess," Leslie Carroll provides context to Harry and Meghan’s romance by leading readers through centuries of Britain’s rule-breaking royal marriages.

Egremont, Massachusetts police are looking for suspects after an attempted abduction.

John T. Shaw has covered Congress for Market News International for nearly twenty-five years, and has also been a contributing writer for the Washington Diplomat and has been a guest on PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN.

In "Rising Star, Setting Sun," John T. Shaw focuses on the intense ten-week transition between JFK’s electoral victory and his inauguration on January 20, 1961. After winning the presidency by a razor-thin victory on November 8, 1960 over Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former vice president, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth president of the United States. But beneath the stately veneers of both Ike and JFK, there was a complex and consequential rivalry.

Suzy Fincham-Gray is a veterinarian and board-certified small-animal internal medicine specialist. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside–Palm Desert.

In her first book, "My Patients and Other Animals," is a moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals.

The party that controls the House Rules Committee has a lot of say about what goes on in Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his talk with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC | The New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast today. “A New York Minute In History” explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers.