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Most Shakespearean scholars – of which I am not – classify The Merchant of Venice as a comedy. This play was written following a period when William Shakespeare became known for his popular portrayals of English kings.

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   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved the request of a western Massachusetts town for more money to help cope with anticipated traffic from the MGM Springfield casino.

At a press conference in Latham Saturday morning, New York State Police and Hamilton County officials said 24-year-old Rachael Mattice has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, related to her disappearance June 23rd. 

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Nearly 33,000 people attended Saratoga Race Course on opening day.

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The New York State Nurses Association, whose nurses were locked out after a one-day demonstration outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville in early January, says nurses will receive back pay  after a  National Labor Relations Board finding of ”merit” and complaint against the healthcare provider.

State officials say the man responsible for promoting economic development projects in Vermont through the federal EB-5 program has resigned from his position.

All of New York State's medical examiners and coroners will soon have to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

(Airs 7/22/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: New York’s delegation is in the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with Republican Committee Chair Ed Cox about the convention, and Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.

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Rutland's Board of Aldermen has voted to launch an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras broke any laws when he proposed that the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.

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New learning standards being crafted for New York are likely to be similar to the Common Core standards they will replace, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association.

The Massachusetts Legislature is holding a rare formal session Saturday.

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New York has authorized fluorescent pink as alternate protective coloring for young hunters in an appeal to girls who'd rather not wear blaze orange.

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A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 22, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 22, 2016.

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   The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would allow cities to require banks to pay for the upkeep on foreclosed properties.  It is an effort to revive local laws that were struck down in court.

   In the midst of the foreclosure crisis in 2011, the Springfield City Council approved two anti-foreclosure ordinances.  One required banks to post a $10,000 bond with each foreclosure. The city could use this money to maintain foreclosed properties if the banks failed to do so.

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    The American Basketball Association (ABA) is bringing a team to the birthplace of the game.

Paladino, Trump's NY Chair, Reflects On RNC

Jul 22, 2016

Now that Donald Trump has accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president, party officials and delegates are heading home to begin the sprint to election day. Trump's chairperson in New York is 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who spoke with WAMC News on Friday about the GOP's chances to carry New York.

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Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

SABIC's Bob Basila Senior Director for Procurement for the Americas Region presents Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard with a plaque commemorating the company's $1 million endowment gift at SABIC's Plastics Avenue facility in Pittsfield, Mass.
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SABIC, a major employer in the Berkshires, announced a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way today ahead of the company’s exit from Pittsfield.

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

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Thursday night’s Goshen Town Planning Board session on a proposed Legoland New York theme park was the first time the public had a chance to comment. And they did, for more than three hours.

A delegation from western Massachusetts is scheduled to depart later today for Poland to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.  

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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There is an effort under way in Pittsfield to beautify what some may consider necessary nuisances — large utility boxes. The inaugural Pittsfield Paintbox Project aims to spruce up the nine hulking gray boxes with colorful images and discourage vandalism downtown.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 22, 2016
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 22, 2016.

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As the sun comes up over the Oklahoma track, horses are already being worked out. This is where viewers can catch a glimpse of the thoroughbreds before the gates open across the street.

  Singer songwriter Josh Ritter performs along with The Royal City Band tonight at The Egg in Albany in support of his new album Sermon on the Rocks.

Two years after Beast in its Tracks, an emotional breakup album, the singer-songwriter is back with his eighth full-length album. Sermon on the Rocks 12 songs were recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio.

As its title suggests, the album is Ritter's foray into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." We were thrilled to have Josh Ritter join us at The Linda. 


  Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests is a brilliant comic trilogy telling the same story from the point of view of three different rooms: Living Together follows the romp in the living room; Table Manners times perfectly to show what happens in the dining room, and Round and Round the Garden depicts desperately funny activities in the garden.

Each play stands completely on its own, but together, they are a triumph of theatrical imagination.

Audience members have traveled from Northern Stage to Dorset Theatre Festival to see the first two plays. Now, Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont presents the third. Richard Gallagher has played Norman in all three productions and he joins us now.

Richard’s Broadway credits include The Lyons and Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Brian Bedford.

  New York City gets a quarter of its energy from Indian Point.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he has serious questions about the plant’s future. 

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we're checking in with the New York Council about the topic of one of their Democracy in Dialogue Town Halls. This event will be held this Tuesday at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, and will address issues related to gender-based workplace discrimination - including questions of unconscious bias, the history of workplace inequality, and how the skills of the humanities can address these issues.

We are joined by Sara Ogger, executive director of the New York Council for the Humanities, Barbara Smith, one of our frequent guests and a panelist at the event.

  George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, almost singlehandedly decided to invade Iraq. It was possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president. The consequences dominated the Bush Administration and still haunt us today.

In Bush, Jean Edward Smith, demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice, but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy.

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