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NYS Senator Starts Petition Against GOP Tax Plan

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A Republican New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has launched a petition urging congressional leaders to steer clear of GOP tax reform that will negatively impact area residents and result in double taxation.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Visit From Dr. Soot 'N Cinder

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Consider kindling – you know the stuff you start fires with – and its ability to sow marital discord?

What promoted me to do so was last week’s hard frost and a visit from our friendly, local chimney sweep – Dr. Soot N’ Cinder.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York. Eyes are now on the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.

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The chemical PFOA has been detected in water samples taken from the Mohawk River near the Colonie landfill.

The Times Union reports that Waterford town supervisor Jack Lawler released test results on Friday, showing PFOA levels of 68 parts per trillion. That’s just below New York state’s 70 parts per trillion drinking water threshold.

NY Congressman's Bill On PFOA/PFOS Study Set To Be Law

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Legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

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Voters in Clarksburg, Massachusetts will take another shot at approving renovations at the town’s elementary school. 

(Airs 11/17/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: two recent reports show Governor Cuomo may face his most difficult budget in seven years, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s fund raising acumen, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues an inspection report on Indian Point.

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Municipalities in Western Massachusetts are hitting the pause button on medical and recreational marijuana stores.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Burlington High School student opioid forum
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held a student town meeting at the Burlington High School Friday afternoon to discuss the opioid crisis.

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Goblins, dragons and trolls have taken over the Norman Rockwell Museum. Journey into the newest exhibit at the museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montgomery County have entered a new agreement to remove asbestos contamination from the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather for Friday, November 17, 2017.

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       The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts are being shipped this week from China to Boston.

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Need help preparing your Thanksgiving meal? Deanna Fox and Gail Sokol join Food Friday to answer your questions about the big meal. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Let's find out what is on our listeners' minds. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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The state’s economic development arm has once again denied a grant application to help get the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts off the ground.

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New York state health and environmental officials are updating residents on private well testing in Orange County near Stewart Airport and Stewart Air National Guard base. A number of wells have been tested for PFOA and PFOS with none exceeding federal safety guidelines. Still, some residents are concerned and say more needs to be done.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 17, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 17, 2017.

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Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed an omnibus healthcare reform bill to lower costs, improve patient care, and maintain access to healthcare. One amendment added by State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, was based on pending legislation in the House to help volunteer ambulance services in rural communities. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Representative Paul Mark of the 2rd Berkshire state House District, who authored the legislation.

In the new film “Lady Bird,” Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson - played by Saoirse Ronan - fights against but is exactly like her deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job.

Saoirse Ronan is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Atonement,” and a Best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” “Lady Bird” was written and directed by Greta Gerwig has already been named one of the best films of the year. It opens locally today. 

     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases.  But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.

Stone barn at Hancock Shaker Village
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum - marrying past and present, proving with every addition to its programming that it is becoming a vibrant, new center for ideas, music, art, food, outdoor activities, and adventure.

The Village, which was settled in 1783, became a museum in 1960, just one year after the last Shakers left. Contained within its 20 historic buildings and 750 acres that sprawl across three towns is the only round Shaker barn in the world that was built in 1826. 

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who spent the last 28 years helping to co-found and develop MASS MoCA in the Berkshires, took over as president of Hancock Shaker Village in January 2017. Jennifer joins us along with the village’s curator Lesley Herzberg and farmer Billy Mangiardi. 

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a musical by Rupert Holmes for which he received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score in 1986. The show, then called “Drood” also won Best Musical that year.

Based on Charles Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery, the show stops just before the murderer is revealed and at each performance the audience decides who “done it.”

Rupert Holmes has adapted the script into a new quick and hilarious 90 minute version. The new version will be presented at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY with a further adjustment by Holmes for the action of the play to be set at Hubbard Hall.

Performances begin tonight and we are joined now by composer/playwright/lyricist Rupert Holmes and Executive & Artistic Director of the Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education David Andrew Snider.

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The City of Schenectady has opened its first senior center since the closure of its former location more than a decade ago. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the grand opening on Thursday.

Developments far from Washington could influence the makeup of the U.S. Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Senior editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Listener Essay - Polio Pioneer

Nov 17, 2017

After retiring from Berkshire Farm Center, Leona Scarpinato was a volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, where she assisted others in researching their family histories. She lives in Columbia County where she writes about memories of her own life, as well as stories of her ancestors, for her children and future generations.

Polio Pioneer

It was not unusual for a child growing up in the early nineteen fifties, to get measles, German measles, mumps or chickenpox. Before the advent of vaccines, it was assumed that children would get these childhood diseases and many healthy children were deliberately exposed to sick children to get the disease while they were young.

But there was one childhood disease that was feared by parents and that was polio, also known as infantile paralysis, since the virus mostly struck young children.

I enjoyed school and I looked forward to the new things I would learn. Near the end of the school year, my thoughts were more of summer fun than schoolwork; as I looked forward to carefree summer days, picnics in the park, swimming at the town beach, and riding my bike with friends. We spent the days outside from morning till suppertime, ate quickly and went outside again to watch the arrival of lightning bugs as it started to get dark.

Reed Tucker is a freelance journalist and writer and has lived in New York since 1999. He writes mostly about pop culture and entertainment, most recently as a staff features writer at the New York Post.

In his new book "Slugfest: Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC" he chronicles the history of this epic rivalry.

11/17/17 Panel

Nov 17, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the house passing the GOP tax reform bill, whether or not it will pass the senate, and the military coup in Zimbabwe.

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