USA Luge team 2018
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The USA Luge team is competing in World Cup races across the globe.  During a stop this week in Norway, several members held a conference call to discuss their preparations for February’s Winter Olympics.

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It’s a tradition in Lake George, New York to end long summer days with fireworks. Every Thursday night and on the Fourth of July, the Village of Lake George puts on a show that keeps visitors coming into town long after sunset. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, those shows can get expensive…


Lawmakers in New York and Connecticut are pushing to ban the sale and possession of  “bump stocks,” devices that convert semiautomatic weapons into automatic firearms. 


Two new city council committees have been created to look at quality of life issues in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Women's Marches 2018 To Span The Globe

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Women’s marches are taking place around the world this weekend. They follow ones held last year at this time, but have some new focuses. Here's a look at a few taking place in our region.

     Forget the threat of a federal government shutdown, the only thing on the minds of a lot of New Englanders Friday is whether star quarterback Tom Brady will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. 

The former building manager of a multi-family structure across from Schenectady City Hall that burned three years ago has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide.

The Daily Gazette reports 39-year-old Jason Sacks of Scotia faces 1 to 3 years in state prison at sentencing in March.


Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project, Johnny Curtain from The Albany Distilling Company, Scott Veltman from C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station and Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery join Food Friday. They are here to discuss the Capital Region's beer and spirits history and ways they are celebrating it. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A brewery in Saratoga Springs abruptly shut its doors recently. With no clear answers in sight, what happens next? WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at the TU Center (January 2018)
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Later this month, ice hockey rivals will meet at the Capital Region’s biggest venue for the sixth annual Mayor's Cup. This year women's teams will also take part.

John Cariani in "The Band's Visit"
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The new musical, "The Band’s Visit," is currently running at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Based on the film of the same name, "The Band’s Visit" features music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Itamar Moses, and is directed by David Cromer. The New York Times called the show “One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.”

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra is traveling from Egypt to play a concert in Petah Tikva, Israel but after language confusion at the border end up in Beit Hatikva - a small city where civic pride is low.

Without a means of transportation out of town until the morning, the band is begrudgingly taken in by the locals.

John Cariani plays Itzik, one of the citizens of Beit Hatikva and he joins us. Cariani’s previous Broadway credits include “Something Rotten!” and the 2004 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He’s also performed at nearly all of the regional theatres in our area you can think of and as a playwright is responsible for the praised and oft-produced plays, “Almost, Maine;” “Last Gas;” “Love/Sick;” and “cul-de-sac.”

This morning we learn about the new exhibit at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. "Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau" is on display through March 18th.

"Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau" examines how Mucha exploited the advertising poster to create a new movement in art. His work helped shape the aesthetics of French art at the turn of the twentieth century and formed the cornerstone of the international Art Nouveau movement.

Jonathan Canning, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming, joins us.

A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement. Finn’s debut novel, "The Woman in the Window," has been sold in thirty-eight territories worldwide and is in development as a major motion picture from Fox.

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, "The Woman in the Window," Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times ... and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble - and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems.

     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 

HV Congresswoman Backs Resolution To Censure Trump

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey
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A New York congresswoman has put her name to a resolution introduced Thursday to censure President Trump for his recent comments about certain countries.

1/19/18 Panel

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       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists for our special RTPanel at The Linda discussing the events of the first year of the Trump administration are:
Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC
Joe Bonilla, Communications Specialist
Theresa Bourgeois, Communications Specialist
Chris Churchill, Times Union columnist
Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator
Rich Honen, Corporate Attorney
J.P. Miller, Founder/Publisher of the Empire Report New York
Aaron Pacitti, Siena College Economics Professor
Jenn Smith, Berkshire Eagle Reporter David Soares, Albany County District Attorney

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the lingering government shutdown, and more.

W.E.B. DuBois
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood of the Berkshire Eagle about response time for first responders in the Berkshires and a celebration in Great Barrington for native W.E.B. DuBois.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy today. Highs in the lower to mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the lower 20s.

A mix of sun and clouds and breezy tomorrow.  Highs in the lower to mid 40s.


On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3 p.m. to determine who will represent the AFC in the SuperBowl. Later at 6:40 p.m. the Minnesota Vikings will face the Philadelphia Eagles to represent the NFC in the Superbowl.


Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered the State of The City Address Thursday night.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he expects to sign a bill before Monday that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from Canada, where many are sold for a fraction of the cost in the United States.

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Officials from the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union brass are working to negotiate a new contract before a midnight deadline. Utility workers remain set to strike if they cannot reach an agreement.

Ice surrounds flooded homes at Underwood Mobile Home Park
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Following the rapid warming late last week, an ice jam formed in the Saranac River that led to flooding of the Underwood Estates Mobile Home community in Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says while many homes could wind up uninhabitable, there may be no state or federal aid to turn to for help.

Cuomo School Aid Hike Doesn't Please Everyone

Jan 18, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, or around 3 percent from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.

Two passengers on the boat that collided with another vessel on Lake George, killing an 8-year-old girl in July 2016, have been sentenced.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 18, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 18, 2018.

      Springfield eighth graders report higher rates of feeling sad or hopeless when compared with all students in Massachusetts, according to results of a survey reported by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.