Letters have gone back and forth between seven state lawmakers and the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission. At issue is what the lawmakers say is an unfair statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 24, 2016.


     A new era in Massachusetts elections began today with early voting offered for the first time.

Alan Chartock welcomes Dr. Paul Lemanski of CapitalCare Center for Preventive Medicine.

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A two day-conference is under way today at the Desmond Hotel in the Albany County town of Colonie to provide advice and inspiration to military vets looking to start a business, or for those already in business for themselves. The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, which brings together the private and public sectors and not-for-profits is sponsored by the law firm Tully Rinckey. WAMC spoke with Mario Cometti, a partner in the firm.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 24, 2016.

In The Constitution Today, Akhil Reed Amar, America’s preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today’s headlines.

Amar shows how the Constitution’s text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the American body politic.

The Constitution states that it is Congress that declares war, but it is the presidents who have more often taken us to war and decided how to wage it.

In Waging War, David J. Barron opens with an account of George Washington and the Continental Congress over Washington’s plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. Congress ordered him not to, and he obeyed. Barron takes us through all the wars that followed: 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, most spectacularly, the War on Terror.

Election Day is all about turnout.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Two of the most progressive voices in American jazz piano join forces for a performance that blurs the line between composition and improvisation.

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn have each risen to prominence within the jazz scene by expanding the boundaries of the genre and establishing a highly personalized approach to improvisation. Together, the two will draw on an evolving sketchbook of compositional ideas, developed through earlier iterations of the project, to continue a musical conversation that defies the notion of completion.

They will perform at EMPAC in Troy, NY this Saturday, October 29th at 8 p.m.

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Ashley J. Williams and the franchise that features him isn't noted for gripping storytelling and political correctness but rather comedy and excruciating amount of blood. In this episode we explore diversity in the Starz television show, Ash vs Evil Dead with Ray Santiago and Michelle Hurd.

10/24/16 Panel

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses post fund drive feels, the Chicago Cubs first World Series appearance in 75 years, the latest presidential polls, and Cuomo campaining for state Dems.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo campaigning for state Democrats, corruption charges for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and an issue that's a supposed priority for Cuomo in 2017.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds, windy and cool today. Highs in the lower 50's.

Partly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the mid 30's.

Mostly cloudy, breezy, and seasonably cold tomorrow. Highs in the upper 40's.


Tomorrow marks Game One of the World Series featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. It’s the Cubs first appearance in the World Series since 1945.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he won't rule out the return of Kyle Schwarber for the World Series. Schwarber was ruled out for the year after he tore two knee ligaments in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in Chicago's third game of the season. The outfielder/catcher has been working out with the Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.

Indians manager Terry Francona says he will start Corey Kluber in Game 1 at Cleveland. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason. Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively.

(Airs 10/23, & 10/24) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill. On this week's show they talk about the Donald Trump’s claims that the media is conspiring against him, the role of a newspaper columnist, the newspaper that’s paying a price for endorsing Donald Trump, and much more.

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It seems an emergency shelter for the homeless will remain at its new location in Saratoga Springs this winter despite objections from neighbors.

Jeffrey Reel: The Presidential Election

Oct 23, 2016

When Michelle Bachmann appeared on the political scene in 2007, I wondered how a person that uninformed could be popularly elected to federal office. At the time, I thought that it doesn’t get much worse than this.  

For the first time, Massachusetts residents will be able to vote before Election Day.

Strange Universe: 10/23/16

Oct 23, 2016

This week Bob discusses shooting stars.

Decorated Army Sergeant From Rockland Dies In Colorado

Oct 22, 2016

A decorated Army sergeant from Rockland County has died in Colorado, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

NYS Senator Issues A Challenge For Drug Take-Back Day

Oct 22, 2016

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and there are more than 5,000 collection sites nationwide. As part of the effort, a New York state lawmaker in the Hudson Valley has issued a challenge.

New York is cracking down on Airbnb rentals with one of the nation's toughest laws on short-term rentals.

(Airs 10/21/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Pipeline companies are not having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016, Our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the continuing war of words between the Governor and State Comptroller, and the State Education Commissioner and SUNY chancellor visit the north country.

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Burlington School District

The Burlington School superintendent is urging the school board to review the conduct of one of its members after Facebook posts that the superintendent says are "sexist, racist and ethnocentric."

ADA-Accessible Trail Opens At Black Rock Forest

Oct 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A nature trail opened Friday in the Hudson Highlands in Orange County that provides access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. The pathway at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall takes visitors to an overlook that provides 50 mile views up the Hudson Valley.

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Vice President Joe Biden was on the University of Vermont campus this morning to discuss his work as chair of President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which has a goal to advance and accelerate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.