New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam are facing arrest as early as today in a federal corruption investigation. The New York Times reports that the criminal complaint against Skelos and his son will most likely include conspiracy, extortion and solicitation of bribes. The Times reports it’s not clear whether Skelos will step down. Prosecutors have focused on areas including a contract that Nassau County, Senator Skelos’ district, awarded to a small environmental Arizona based company AbTech despite the fact that, according to the Times, the proposal was not the low bid submitted to the county. Prosecutors have also focused on a 20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, made to Adam Skelos, even thought he never worked for the company.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his expected arrest which could occur as soon as today.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos under federal investigation who is expected to be arrested sometime this week.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny, breezy and warm today. Highs in the lower 80's.

Becoming cloudy tonight. A chance of a shower, possibly a thunderstorm.  Low in the upper 50's.

A morning shower possible tomorrow, then a mix of sun and clouds.  Highs in the lower to mid 70's.


In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay tripled up Montreal 6-2 grabbing a 2-0 series lead, Chicago topped Minnesota 4-1 giving the Blackhawks a 2-0 series lead, and it was Anaheim grabbing  2-0 series lead over Calgary 3-0.

This Week on The Academic Minute (2015.5.4)

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Visit for great new research featured every day.

Monday, May 4
Marina D'Angelo of The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine discusses canine osteoarthritis.   

Tuesday, May 5
Elizabeth Basha of The University of the Pacific profiles the utility of drones in a non-military context.

Wednesday, May 6
Monmouth University's Lisa Dinella explores the gendered constructs inherent in children's toys.

(Airs 5/3 & 5/04) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about the ethics of the White House Correspondents Dinner, what newsrooms should do to cover cops and the community, a state of the news media 2015 report that ranks digital sites, and much more.

Facebook: SEIU Local 509

Social workers with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families are planning a series of informational pickets regarding case loads over the next couple of weeks. The first picket will be held at the agency’s Pittsfield office Monday.

David Nightingale: On Energy Independence

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Let's look at the idea of Energy Independence, and the possibility of no further need for filling the coffers of sometimes unstable fuel-producing nations.

Strange Universe: 5/3/15

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This week, Bob Berman discusses the Messenger space craft's crash landing into Mercury,