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A store in Springfield, Massachusetts that is reportedly trying to skirt the ban on retail marijuana sales has caught the attention of authorities.

An English Bulldog puppy
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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts. 

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A special election in Saratoga Springs where city residents will vote on a new charter has been pushed back to the November general election.

On this week’s 51%, a study shows that college women could use more physical activity, and we remember an award-winning author who wrote about immigrant life. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

 NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Orders Probe Into Threats Targeting JCC's
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Wave after wave of bomb threat hoaxes have been called into Jewish Community Centers across the country in recent weeks. At the Albany JCC this morning,  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in a show of solidarity.

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The Rensselaer County town of Petersburgh has been struggling with PFOA, the same carcinogenic pollutant that has been found in nearby Hoosick Falls and Bennington, Vermont. The town approved a settlement agreement with the polluter Tuesday night.

Photograph of a portion of Tanja Hollander's "Are You Really My Friend?" at MASS MoCA
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  How often do you get a friend request on Facebook from someone whose name you don’t recognize? You have mutual friends. You check those names -- and then you aren’t sure exactly who some of those people are either - or how you know them. Imagine telling someone 15 years ago that you have friends you don’t know -- and not in that “a stranger is a just a friend you haven’t met yet” optimistic way.

Tanja Hollander’s new exhibition Are You Really My Friend? is currently on view at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The show explores, through portraits and paraphernalia, what friendship means to Tanja and what friendship means today - in the age of social media and easy surface relationships. She set out to connect with and photograph her 626 Facebook friends.

I spoke with Tanja and curator Denise Markonish at the museum recently and began by asking Tanja when and where she had the idea for the project.

Brad Gooch is a poet, novelist, and biographer, whose most recent book is Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love. He is the author of ten previous works, including: the memoir Smash Cut; the acclaimed biography of Frank O'Hara, City Poet; and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and New York Times best seller. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

In Rumi's Secret, Gooch brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place—a world as rife with conflict as our own.

The Trump administration is trying again with its immigrant and refugee policy.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

When archaeologists ventured into a thick Honduran rainforest in 2015, they were searching in an unexplored valley for the remnants of a long-lost city. Legend had it that an ancient metropolis was buried under centuries worth of jungle growth.

Best-selling author Douglas Preston went along on the expedition. The archaeologists Preston followed had the advantage of detailed survey maps to guide them to precise locations. Three years earlier, scientists had deployed advanced LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging) technology to peer through the rainforest canopy to reveal a sprawling ancient metropolis.

Preston has detailed the experience in a new book The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Mayor Richard Alcombright delivered his State of the City address last night during a meeting of the North Adams City Council. The Democrat has held the corner office in the western Massachusetts city since 2010.

"States of Incarceration" will be displayed at the Wauregan in Holyoke March 1-12 and at Forbes Library in Northampton from March 13-30.
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The first national traveling exhibition on the history of mass incarceration in the United States will have its Massachusetts premiere tonight in Holyoke.

3/1/17 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 corporate attorney Rich Honen.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress and threats against Jewish organizations across the country. 

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about Saratoga Springs's Charter Review Commission opting to put the issue of "a new form of government" to voters during the November ballot.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, some storms may produce gusty winds, highs in the low to mid 60s. with a high near 64. Windy today with winds increasing to 15-20mph this afternoon.

NBA:

In the NBA, Washington topped Golden State 112-108, Detroit beat Portland in overtime 120-113, Memphis bested Phoenix 130-112, Oklahoma City defeated Utah 109-106, Charlotte won against the Lakers 109-104, and it was Denver over Chicago 125-107.

U.S. Capitol Building
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY):

"President Trump’s speech had an air of unreality because what he said tonight was so different than how he has governed in the first 40 days. He’s proposed nothing on trade or infrastructure, which might help working families; and his budget seems to cut education and medical research, which he talked about improving. The President is simply using populist rhetoric to cloak his hard right, anti-middle class agenda. The American people don’t want words, they want actions that help them."

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Advocates for the elderly say each year con artists and greedy family members cheat New York seniors out of $1.5 billion in assets.

Democratic Response To President Trump's Address

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday evening. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration. NPR transcribed the remarks.

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State police say a sheriff's deputy for an upstate New York county has died in a one-car on-duty crash on a road in the Catskills.

The state capitol in Albany.
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Just one month before the New York state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the Capitol, asking that they be included in the budget.

Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation.  New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.

      As President Donald Trump delivers his first speech to a joint session of Congress in prime time tonight his job approval ratings are historically low. 

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As often happens this time of year, reporters were summoned to a hockey arena in the region today to learn about a franchise’s future. But this time, professional hockey is staying in Glens Falls. The ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, which have called the Civic Center home for two seasons, will soon come under local ownership.

Garett Argianas' Afternoon Weather Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast fr Monday, Feb. 28, 2017.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of one of crime fiction’s greatest characters, John Rebus, created by one of the world’s leading crime writers, Ian Rankin.

Rebus’s anniversary coincides with the release of Rather Be the Devil, Rankin’s 21st Rebus novel. Ian Rankin joins us to talk about one of Crime Fiction's great curmudgeons.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. today. New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox tells WAMC he expects Trump to speak directly to working men and women. 

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