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Report Shows HV Urban Areas Are Poised For Growth

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Revitalization of the Hudson Valley’s cities and urban areas is setting the stage to attract a new wave of residents and businesses. So says a report from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, which finds that safer and more attractive downtowns, regional amenities and more are part of the scene.

Another sitting state legislator, Rob Ortt, has been indicted, along with the person who held the Western New York Senate seat before him, George Maziarz – on corruption charges. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.

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A landmark historic building in the center of the UMass Amherst campus has reopened after more than two decades and a $21 million renovation.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

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A Connecticut prosecutor says that a fatal police shooting of a suicidal, knife-wielding man was justified and police need better training to handle these situations. 

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A former Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor has filed a petition with the city to review its hiring practices.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 23, 2017.

(Airs 3/23/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s considering suing the federal government over an amendment to the health care act proposed by two New York Congressmen, saying it may violate state sovereignty.

Congressmen Chris Collins and John Faso support a plan that would  require New York to take over the counties' share of Medicaid costs, outside of New York City, worth around $2.3 billion.  The plan does not offer funds to pay for the shift, and Governor Cuomo, in a third day of attacks against the plan, says anyone how believes it’s a savings for taxpayers “is being taken for a ride.”

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Bob Dylan To Perform In Kingston In June

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American music legend Bob Dylan is scheduled to perform in Kingston in June. The concert is being presented by the Bardavon and the host, The Hutton Brickyards, marking the first performance at a new concert venue along the waterfront.

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The leader of the State Senate says indicted GOP member Rob Ortt is staying on for now to help work on the upcoming state budget vote and other issues.

(Airs 3/23/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Financial Journalist, Editorial Entrepreneur, and this year’s James H Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism at SUNY New Paltz.

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Capital Region developer Galesi Group is behind the massive Mohawk Harbor project in Schenectady, the location that includes the recently opened Rivers Casino. The company’s Chief Operating Officer spoke in the Electric City this morning about the past, present, and future of the site that was until recently home to a shuttered factory.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The New York State Brewers Association will be holding their fourth annual New York Craft Brewers Festival taking place this Saturday March 25th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

The New York Craft Brewers Festival brings together 50 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 100+ hard to find and award winning beers.

This is a great opportunity to meet the NYS brewers that make the beer, and the owners of the local food scene in the Capital District that are such an important part of the community.

We welcome - Paul Leone, Executive Director New York State Brewers Association. We also welcome Nikki Cavanaugh from Rushing Duck Brewing in Chester NY and Kevin Mullen with Rare Form Brewing.

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galarie of Berlin, among many others.   He also has a long-standing involvement with performance working extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas.  Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His new book is How To See.

On Wednesday, March 23, he will be featured in the New York Writers Institute The Creative Life Series in conversation with Joe Donahue, live in the Recital Hall at UAlbany at 7pm. 

The Academy of Music Theatre is mounting a new work by playwright Carol Carpenter entitled Sweet, Sweet Spirit on March 24th and 25th at 7:30 p.m.  The play addresses gay bashing and child abuse within a West Texas conservative family whose gay teenage son is beaten into a coma by his father.

Carpenter takes her audience deeper into an exploration of a family struggling with their own fear and heart.  The son, Tyler, who is described as “different,” but not referred to by his family members as gay, affects each of the members of this Southern Christian family in disparate ways.

We are joined Debra J'Anthony, Academy of Music Theatre's Executive Director and Sheila Siragusa, director of Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

The Trump travel ban has been halted again.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

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Upcoming:

·        Liz Longley - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 3/23, 7 PM

·        They Live - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday-Sunday, 3/23-26, various times

·        Kate Campbell - The Eighth Step at Underground at Proctors, Friday 3/24, 7:30 PM

·        Capital Trash Invasion 2: featuring Tex Railer’s Doomtown, The Televisionaires, Harmonica Lewinsky, and more - The Fuze Box, Albany, Saturday 3/25, 8 PM

·        Mavis Staples - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 3/25, 8 PM

·        Hyperion String Quartet - de Blasiis Chamber Music Series/The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, Sunday 3/26, 3 PM

·        New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 3/26, 3 PM

·        Langhorne Slim - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 3/26, 8 PM

·        Mitsuko Uchida - Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Monday 3/27, 7 PM

·        Helena Byrne - Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, Monday 3/27, 7 PM

New movies:

Wilson, Land of Mine, Power Rangers, The Last Word, CHiPs

Today is the 4th and — what is scheduled to be — final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Testifying about the Supreme Court nominee will be experts and outside groups. Gorsuch himself will not be taking questions, or in the hearing room. Those expected to speak on his behalf are judges and former law clerks he has worked with, along with some law school professors and other attorneys. Witnesses called by Democrats, who have concerns about Gorsuch, include other law professors, and representatives from women's and environmental groups.

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A New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for the public financing of elections of state Supreme Court judges and district attorneys.

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SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada is a National Resource Center on Canada.  It has maintained a long-term relationship with Fulbright Canada.  Dr. Michael Hawes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. and the Executive Director of Fulbright Canada.  He was in Plattsburgh this week and talked about the relationship between the two countries and the importance of the local Canadian studies program.

3/23/17 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, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators  – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations.

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, are scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Albany. The indictments are part of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the terror attack in London on Westminster bridge, a deal between Democrats and Republicans to let Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch through, and members of President Donald Trump's transition team under "inadvertent surveillance."

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com about town consolidation efforts in New York's leatherstocking region.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly sunny, brisk and still cold today.  Highs in the mid 30's.

Clear early, then increasing clouds tonight.  Lows in the lower 20's.

NCAA:

NCAA Tournament play resumes tonight when No. 3 Oregon takes on No. 7 Michigan at 7 p.m. Later No. 1 Gonzaga faces No. 4 West Virginia at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 Kanas takes on No. 4 Purdue at 9:30 p.m., and No. 11 Xavier plays No. 2 Arizona at 10 p.m.

Reading is the core of the Common Core, and yes that’s still a thing. For the most part, education cannot begin without a student first learning how to read.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll take another look at the book Reading Reconsidered, which looks at the power of reading and how it is being taught on all levels…or at least, maybe, how it probably should be.

We’ll also spend an academic minute learning why writing a science good science paper means writing a good story.

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