New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and environmental leaders urge passage of ballot questions
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There are six questions on the city of Burlington’s ballot in November.  Mayor Miro Weinberger and key environmentalists met recently to urge voters to pass four of the questions related to the development proposal for the downtown core.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Arrgianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.


     A federal grant has been announced to help preserve rare pieces of Americana in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

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About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

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New York's 46th state Senate district candidates presented their campaign issues and agendas last night at the Guilderland Public Library during a “Meet The Candidates” event.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

Nearly everyone swears—whether it’s over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet, we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we’ll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

That’s a damn shame. Swearing is useful. It can be funny, cathartic, or emotionally arousing. As linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen shows in his book What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, it also opens a new window onto how our brains process language and why languages vary around the world and over time.

To a dog, there is no such thing as “fresh air.” Every breath of air is loaded with information. In fact, what every dog—the tracking dog, of course, but also the dog lying next to you, snoring, on the couch—knows about the world comes mostly through his nose.

In Being a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a research scientist in the field of dog cognition and the author of the runaway bestseller Inside of a Dog, unpacks the mystery of a dog’s worldview as has never been done before. 

The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men—and forced America’s entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor, and president as they engineer, fight, and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history.

Beginning in 1914, bestselling author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and not yet afflicted with polio), attending the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Writing with vivid intimacy, Nelson traces Japan’s leaders as they lurch into ultranationalist fascism, which culminates in their insanely daring yet militarily brilliant scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Within seconds, the country would never be the same.

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A New York State trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer that had stopped in a median this morning in Wilton. 

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump, is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress , where there are several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority.

Election Day is almost here.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock how things are shaping up.

US News and World Report has declared that “the 2016 presidential election may be America’s last chance to elect a leader who will halt climate change.” National Geographic Channel will premiere the second season of the Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously this Sunday, October 30th at 8PM — just over a week before the presidential election.

Years of Living Dangerously once again features some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues, and it reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet.

On the premiere, In his first television project since retiring as host of CBS’s The Late Show, David Letterman travels to India for the first time to find out what the world’s soon-to-be most populous country is going to do to expand its inadequate energy grid, power its booming economy and bring basic electricity to 300 million citizens who have never plugged in. 

David Gelber is an Executive Producer of Years of Living Dangerously. He served as Ed Bradley’s producer at 60 Minutes for twenty-five years, during which he won every major journalism award, including a Peabody, two DuPont Awards and eight Emmy Awards.

        As the need for emergency food at pantries and meal sites in western Massachusetts continues to grow, a community forum on hunger is taking place this Saturday, October 29th.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets crowd of union workers after speech on raising  the minimum wage at a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a step deeper into the partisan politics of the state Senate Tuesday night, telling two Democratic factions they’ll have to work together if the November elections go their way.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from the woman behind The Conscious Kitchen and her mission with schools.Learn how dragon boats keep cancer survivors afloat and why AARP is pushing a retirement savings plan it says will help women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

10/26/16 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, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Colin Powell voting for Clinton, ACA premium rate increases, and Trump's rhetoric reflecting his supporter's feelings.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about how 2017's health insurance premium rates under the federal affordable care act compare to New York state's lower rates.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Today:  Mostly sunny, a touch breezy, highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s

Tonight:  Increasing clouds, cold, low in the mid and upper 20s

Thursday:  Damp and raw with rain developing, highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s.


Corey Kluber worked six-plus innings and batterymate Roberto Perez belted a pair of homers as the Cleveland Indians pounded the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series. Kluber held the Cubs to four hits and became the first pitcher in postseason history to strike out eight over the first three innings. Perez smacked a solo homer to make it 3-0 in the fourth inning and capped the scoring with a three-run blast in the eighth.

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of an upstate New York man whose roommate also was found slain last week.

Administrators at an upstate New York school that lost its football equipment in a suspected arson fire say it could cost more than $500,000 to replace the gear and the building where it was stored.

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The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 25, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

     People have gotten used to posting profiles about themselves on social media and now one western Massachusetts city is encouraging its residents to create public safety profiles too.