Vermont has streamlined the process for becoming a substance abuse counselor as the state continues to address the opioid addiction crisis.

Officials say they’ve solved a 22-year-old cold case in Schenectady. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it took modern forensic technology and a fresh set of eyes to close the case. A warning that some listeners may find this story upsetting.

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New York state is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor.


The family of Norman Rockwell reportedly asked the state attorney general’s office last week to stop the sale of two of the artist’s works from the Berkshire Museum’s collection. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum plans to sell off 40 objects to fund renovations and an endowment.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas
Meteorologist Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for October 16, 2017.

HV County Execs Chime In On Shared Services Plans

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County leaders in New York were required by the state to present their shared services plans to residents by October 15. The plan is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to reduce property taxes by requiring counties to work with local governments to find savings by coordinating and eliminating overlapping services. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with a few county executives in the Hudson Valley on their plans.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 16, 2017.

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A new co-working office space has opened in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. WAMC followed Mayor Linda Tyer on a recent tour.

      A solar power storage system will be built on the grounds of a former coal-burning plant in western Massachusetts.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the Manhattan District Attorney, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' push for more women in politics, and charter schools.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading to Chicago with a two-games-to-none lead over the defending World Series champs in the National League Championship Series.

Justin Turner capped his four-RBI day by slamming a three-run homer off John Lackey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Turner's second homer of the postseason ended another dramatic night for the Dodgers, who remained unbeaten in these playoffs and moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988. It came on the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's walk-off homer that gave Los Angeles Game 1 of the World Series against Oakland.

The Cubs went ahead on Addison Russell's solo homer in the fifth inning, but the lead didn't last long. Turner tied it with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

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

Morning clouds, then becoming partly sunny today. Windy and much cooler.  High in the upper 50's.

Clear and cool tonight. Lows in the lower to mid 30's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  High near 60.

(Airs 10/15 @ 6 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about President Trump’s threats to NBC’s broadcast license and the threat to free speech, whether the media helped Harvey Weinstein lure his prey and smear his accusers, what happened to Megun Kelly at NBC, your letters and much more.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 15, 2017.

Tough Decisions Ahead For New York's Budget

Oct 15, 2017
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New York state’s comptroller is siding with Governor Andrew Cuomo over concerns that federal health care cuts will damage New York’s budget, but he says the governor’s budget experts should have saved more money in rainy day funds.

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Republican Congressman John Faso of New York's 19th District will be holding listening sessions on the proposed 2018 Farm Bill this week.


Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are lobbying the Trump administration to include funds for water projects in any big infrastructure spending bill.

Strange Universe: 10/15/17

Oct 15, 2017
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This week, Bob discusses upcoming big sky events.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to reverse a recent decision to delay the regulation of e-cigarettes.

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Bennington voters have overwhelmingly approved a $9.85 million bond to help pay for upgrades to the sewer plant in the southwestern Vermont community.

Events denouncing white supremacy and promoting tolerance are being held in Gloversville and Johnstown Sunday in the wake of a three-part series in a local newspaper that reported on the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in Fulton County.

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Vermont lawmakers have voted down a rule that would have required large wind turbine projects to be built thousands of feet away from nearby homes.

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The zoning board of appeals in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has given a commercial solar array the green light. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Visiting Consider Bardwell

Oct 14, 2017
Angela Miller in the brining room at Consider Bardwell Farm
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I don’t know if it’s a sign of the growing sophistication and success of their operation, Obama era rules and regulations, or a combination of the two; but on a visit last weekend to the brining room at Consider Bardwell, our friend Angela Miller’s prize-winning goat cheese farm in West Pawlet, Vermont, I was required to scrub down and suit up almost as thoroughly as if I were about to perform open heart surgery.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 14, 2017.

NY Starts Tax-free Savings Accounts For Disabled

Oct 14, 2017
Jim Vaccaro and his son Matthew join Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to announce a new tax free savings program for disabled New Yorkers.
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The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

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Vermont's top health care official says the decision by President Donald Trump to end subsidies that help thousands of Vermonters afford health insurance poses a long-term threat to their coverage.

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Following a sharp increase in people killed by moving trains in Massachusetts, officials are planning to create a new task force to investigate the deaths.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's joining a multistate effort to sue over President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the federal health care law that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans.

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Lenox, Massachusetts has given the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort’s $80 million renovation and expansion project the go-ahead.