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Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor colonies of little brown bats this summer.

Yonkers Begins Recycling Bin Pilot Program

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Free recycling bins are available for Yonkers residents as part of the city’s new pilot program.

Dr. Robert Larner
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The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.
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Four educational leaders in Berkshire County have secured a $46,000 Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

New York state lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

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Fire heavily damaged the upstate New York mill owned by a Cooperstown-based wood baseball bat company.

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       The Baker administration Tuesday announced that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling almost $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic.

Kathy Sheehan
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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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With new leadership, a southern Berkshire County nonprofit is moving forward on affordable housing efforts in Great Barrington. 

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

Calvin Trillin has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963. His many books include novels, celebrated memoirs, such as About Alice and Remembering Denny; his classics on eating; and, of course, his humor writing. His latest is an update of his classic collection, Killings.

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Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise as both countries showcase their military capabilities through various exercises. In the studio to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea are Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges and Christopher Clary of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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The voters of France will go to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president. After a preliminary ballot over the weekend, the choice has been narrowed down to two candidates - right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen and Independent Emmanuel Macron, who now holds a big lead in the polls and is expected to win next month.

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SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

Ulster County Couple Launches NY19Speaks

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There is a soft launch this weekend of a webzine that focuses on New York’s 19th congressional district. The focus is on human-interest stories and interviews that meld the personal, political, and cultural. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County resident Shelley Eshkar, who started NY19Speaks with his wife, Elizabeth Simon.

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Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts’ 1st House District, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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On Monday, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Kristina Johnson's appointment as the new SUNY chancellor.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is often widely misunderstood.

In his new book – Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night - Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes reporting with unprecedented access and critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy.

Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Jason Zinoman writes the “On Comedy” column for the New York Times

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie is running for governor in Massachusetts.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Inspiring Courage by Barbara Bonner
This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur by Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg
For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach

In How May I Help You?: An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism.


  Bandstand is a new musical at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway tomorrow night.

Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott and directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuler, Bandstand features book, music, and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by former Capital Region habitant and arts participant, Robert Taylor.

Set just after World War II, musician Donny Novitski -- a veteran recently returned home to Ohio -- has to figure out where he fits now that the fighting is done. When a national contest to find America’s next music sensation offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, he assembles a swing-band of fellow veterans and a young war widow and throws everything he has at winning.

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The Lenox, Massachusetts Planning Board will hear community concerns Tuesday about adding the town’s first bylaw amendment on medical marijuana dispensaries. 

4/25/17 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, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Director of the Journalism Department at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao.

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A biology professor at Williams College has been awarded a $586,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Albany City Hall
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Albany's executive order to reaffirm the city as a sanctuary city and the trial of a Alex West, the man who fatally killed a young girl on Log Bay Day last year.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Cloudy, breezy and cool today with showers.  Highs in the mid 50's.

Clouds and showers tonight. Also areas of fog and drizzle.  Lows in the mid to upper 40's.

Cloudy with morning showers and some drizzle tomorrow. Some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon, especially in New York.  Highs in the lower 60's.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses flying cars, possible government shutdown, President Trump's tax cut for corporations, and former President Obama's first speech since leaving the White House. 

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