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A black bear spotted for weeks in rural New York state with his head trapped in a plastic food jug has been rescued from his plight.

(Airs 5/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate tries to change the subject, our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s letter to President Trump for Federal help with the City’s transportation infrastructure, and, in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations, including the state’s capitol region.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Orange County Friday afternoon, claiming the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Five College Consortium has opened a $14 million library annex in western Massachusetts.

Garett Arigianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 26, 2017.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

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Two Congressman representing two centers of horse racing, upstate New York and Kentucky, have re-introduced a bill intended to improve the sport of kings with new anti-doping requirements.

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In addition to the ceremonies and parades honoring fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, many people will be enjoying barbecues. Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Byron Nilsson are in the studio to answer your grilling and barbecue questions. WAMC's Ray Graf.

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And now a word from our listeners! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 26, 2017.

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The Berkshire Theatre Group is throwing a dance party next month focused on LGBTQ pride. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Group’s Oskar Hallig about the effort.  

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Five Star Urgent Care expanded to its tenth location in New York state this week, opening a facility in Plattsburgh.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley toured the new facility as officials cut the ribbon to begin operations.

In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people. Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem.

Using traditional Aboriginal Australian song lines as a starting point, Dr. Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by our ancestors and indigenous people around the world. In turn, she has then discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret purpose behind the great prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge, which have puzzled archaeologists for so long.

Her book is The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments.

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Mass MoCA in North Adams will double in size Sunday with the opening of Building 6.

Keith Payne is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an international leader in the psychology of inequality and discrimination. His research has been featured in The Atlantic and The New York Times, and on NPR, and he has written for Scientific American and Psychology Today.

Today’s inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder, Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.

The Woodstock Film Festival’s 5th annual Spirit of Woodstock celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation, and the river that flows through and connects it.

This year they honor two local luminaries who have embodied those qualities — John Hall and Alf Evers. The event takes place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 in Woodstock from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Joining us this morning, we welcome the festival’s Meira Blaustein to tell us more.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

It all fell apart in a hurry for Michael Flynn.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

JOE WARDWELL - HELLO AMERICA: 40 HITS FROM THE 50 STATES at MASS MoCA
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  This Sunday, May 28th, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will open Building 6 - the Robert W. Wilson Building, to the public. This beyond-grand-opening doubles the vast museum’s exhibition space and features long-term exhibitions and collaborations with global leaders in contemporary art.

In this audio tour, MASS MoCA Curator Denise Markonish tells us about work by Barbara Ernst Prey, Louise Bourgeois, Metabolic Studio/Optics Division, Robert Rauschenberg, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Laurie Anderson, Gunnar Schonbeck, Mary Lum, Janice Kerbel, and James Turrell; Allie Foradas describes work by Jenny Holzer, and James Wardwell tells us about "Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States." 

MASS MoCA's daylong celebration to mark the opening of Building 6 - the Robert W. Wilson Building - including welcoming remarks from museum director Joseph Thompson; a Nick Cave Soundsuit performance, Brooklyn United Marching Band and CAKE in concert on Joe’s Field.

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Legislation to set uniform dates for school proposition votes has passed the New York state Senate.

5/26/17 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, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Author and Activist Barbara Smith.

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Downtown Glens Falls is about to get a $10 million makeover.

State officials on Thursday announced plans to revitalize the city 50 miles north of Albany with an expanded downtown market, high-speed broadband, a new arts trail and the redevelopment of four vacant parcels of land. Additionally, SUNY Adirondack's culinary school will be relocated downtown.

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President Donald Trump's budget proposal weakens insurance coverage for drug addiction treatment and cuts back funding for research and prevention programs. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, President Donald Trump's budget, and the special election for a Montana congressional seat.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Cloudy with showers today. Highs in the lower 60's.

Mostly cloudy with a passing shower tonight. Lows in the lower 50's.

Mostly cloudy tomorrow with more sun from time to time.  Highs in the lower 70's.

NBA:

LeBron James poured in 35 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the third straight year by clobbering the Celtics, 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. James drained a 3-pointer in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time scoring leader in postseason play. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points to help the defending champs earn a third straight finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors, the 2015 titlists.

Game 1 is next Thursday in Oakland.

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