Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced legislation Thursday to lift a cap on charter schools. 

The bill  Baker plans to file would add up to 12 new or expanded charter schools a year with a preference in low performing school districts.

His legislation is similar to a ballot measure proposed by a coalition of charter school advocates. Spokesperson Josiane Martinez said the group needs to collect 65,000 signatures to get the question on the 2016 ballot.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been speaking out about the need for national gun control laws in recent days, but Cuomo says he doesn’t know when a key provision of New York’s own gun safety laws will be enacted.

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Environmental advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after an idea to store oil tanker cars in the Adirondack Park now looks like a non-starter.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather summary for Thursday, October 8, 2015. 

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SABIC is leaving its Pittsfield, Massachusetts site as part of a move to create a regional headquarters in Houston, Texas according to an announcement by the company Thursday. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation says work done at the Pittsfield site will be relocated to Houston meaning it will leave its Pittsfield office in 2016. Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi says SABIC employs about 500 people in the city.

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After years of debate, planning and fierce competition for coveted licenses, the medical marijuana era has arrived in New York. One of the companies, Etain, held an open house to show off its facility. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley went along.

The mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts has produced a detailed proposal that asks the city’s largest tax-exempt property owners to participate in a payment-in-lieu-of taxes, or PILOT, program. Mayor David Narkewicz is seeking public comment on the plan through the middle of November, and has scheduled three town hall-style forums this month.   Mayor Narkewicz talked about this proposal with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill


Another Republican is joining the race to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez of Schoharie tells the Daily Star he is running for New York’s 19th district seat and will formally kick off his campaign soon. The 54-year-old joins a field that also includes former statewide candidate John Faso. Businessman Andrew Heaney is also running.

Albany Symphony Opens New Season

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The Albany Symphony Orchestra will open its new season this Saturday evening October 10th at the Palace Theater in Albany with a very special guest. The Albany Symphony’s music director and conductor David Alan Miller stopped in this week to tell us about the new season which runs until June, and the special guest on opening night this Saturday.

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A park on the West Side of Pittsfield will soon bear the names of two people who had a tremendous impact on the neighborhood.