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An American Legion post in Pittsfield has been cited for illegal gambling. 

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A ski industry group is warning ski areas around New Hampshire to keep an eye on their copper.

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A Vermont state representative will resign from the legislature, citing business and family reasons.

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Ali Dieng, a native of West Africa, has won a seat on Burlington's City Council.

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Vermont’s governor signed a new state budget three days before the start of the next fiscal year.

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A plan announced two years ago to give every Vermont baby at least $250 in a college savings account has stalled.

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The North Adams City Council has approved more than a quarter million dollars in free cash transfers. 

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Today is the second anniversary of the end of one of the largest manhunts in New York history — when officials captured the second of two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The episode led to convictions, inquiries and calls for security reforms.

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A special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat in the Massachusetts House has been set for November 7th. 

The mayor of Springfield has joined calls for a feasibility study of high-speed east-west rail in Massachusetts.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $4 million in state funding to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

A group of state lawmakers from the Mohawk Valley is asking for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help in pressing Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to introduce a relief package for a racino.

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Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has effectively killed a proposal to establish anchorage sites along the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney broke the news late Wednesday, announcing that the Coast Guard would suspend future rulemaking decisions on the matter.

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   The Massachusetts State Senate is expected to vote Thursday on bill mandating protections for pregnant workers.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

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    Thousands of young people in more than 30 low-income communities in Massachusetts will be working this summer thanks to a state-funded jobs program.

#1457: Stirring Things Up At The Culinary Institute

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On this week’s 51%, we learn that, for the first time, The Culinary Institute of America has more women than men in its student body, and it’s reflected in the culinary world. And we meet one of the women enrolled at the CIA and hear her thoughts on the change. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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Winter is a distant memory now that the summer tourist season is in full swing, but Pittsfield still has a $1.3 million snow and ice removal deficit to take care of. 

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This November, Saratoga Springs residents will have the chance to vote for a new city charter. This week the city’s Charter Review Commission approved a final document that change the city’s system of government from its unique Commission-style to a more conventional Council-Manager form.

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We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. WAMC’s resident avian expert Rich Guthrie is here to answer your questions about the winged creatures. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

NYSERDA Names New CEO

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has a new president and chief executive officer.  Alicia Barton takes over from John Rhodes, who is the new chair of the state Public Service Commission. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

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The Empire Professional Baseball League is in its first season of play.  It has four teams – the Old Orchard Beach Surge from Maine, the Sullivan Explorers from Loch Sheldrake, New York, the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Plattsburgh RedBirds.  During spring exhibition play, the Plattsburgh team defeated all its competitors.  This week, rain postponed opening day, but the 60-game season began on Sunday.  Team co-owner and League CEO Eddie Gonzales explains that the league provides athletes an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

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Leaders in Saratoga Springs have made their pitch for three workforce housing proposals that aim to provide more apartments in a city desperate for workers and satisfy federal requirements for affordable housing.

Water Music New York

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Water Music NY is a cross-regional celebration of the bicentennial of New York’s Erie Canal, developed and presented by the Albany Symphony in collaboration with the New York State Canal Corporation. 

The Albany Symphony will embark on a week-long barge journey on the Erie Canal from July 2 to July 8, performing free concerts in seven canal communities along the way. The Symphony will collaborate with local art groups to debut seven original world premieres by emerging composers, as it stops in Albany, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Little Falls, Baldwinsville, Brockport and Lockport.

Each concert will be conducted by Grammy Award Winning Conductor and ASO Music Director David Alan Miller, who joins us this morning. Also joining us, Director of the NY State Canal Corp. - Brian Stratton.

Carolee Carmello as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at The Barrow Street Theatre
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Fans of Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, and tonsorial artistry tainted with murder and cannibalism once again have the opportunity to attend the tale of Sweeney Todd in New York City.

In the winter of 2014, The Tooting Arts Club staged the musical masterpiece in London’s oldest pie and mash shop, Harrington’s Pie and Mash. About a year later, for a West End transfer, the show was staged in a recreation of Harrington’s in an old rock club and this past February, it moved to Off-Broadway at The Barrow Street Theatre -- also converted to resemble Harrington’s.

 

With a reduced cast glaring, scaring, and performing incredibly; the audience sits at tables and (for certain seats) one can order a meat or veg pie with their ticket. The pies are prepared by The Perfect Pie, in New York City which is run by former White House baker, Bill Yosses (featured on All Things Considered).

 

Norm Lewis is in the role of the man who calls razors friends and his dotty, daring, focused and frazzled buddy in barber-ous bump-offs, Mrs. Lovett, is being played at Barrow Street by three-time Tony Award nominee, Carolee Carmello.

 

An Albany native, Carmello has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals: Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Scandalous, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, Lestat, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade, 1776, Falsettos, and City of Angels.

The parents of Sandy Hook found themselves back in the spotlight recently.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Schenectady, New York’s Music Haven Concert Series has been traveling the world one concert at a time since 1990. Concerts take place Sundays in the Summer at 7pm in Schenectady’s Central Park on the Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage. 

Mona Golub is here to tell us about this season’s offerings. She is the Producing Artistic Director of The Music Haven concert series. 

Mill House Brews A Beer On The Hudson

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For a limited time, a brewing company in Poughkeepsie is offering a beer not only made ­­with water from the Hudson River, but ­on the river. The process mirrored one from the 1700s and was revived following networking among a brewmaster, an environmentalist and a boat captain. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne boarded the boat where it all took place.

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