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Two Albany-area Assemblymembers  have joined the push for ride-sharing companies to be allowed to operate across New York.

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 27, 2015.

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As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding.  The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed.  

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Berkshire Health Systems has partnered with Price Chopper to open a walk-in care center in the supermarket’s Hubbard Avenue location currently being renovated in Pittsfield. Its part of the supermarket’s strategy as it rebrands itself as Market 32.

We hear all the time about weight gain, weight loss, how Americans are the heaviest we have ever been, and myriad plans for remedying our egregious fatness. Yet, what if much of what we are told, and what we believe, simply is not true?

Writer Harriet Brown set out to explore our relentless obsession with weight and thinness in the new book Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It.

We’re constantly warned about the dangers of being overweight or obese; even the government has proclaimed a war on obesity, demanding that steps be taken to end the epidemic. Our society glorifies the slender and super-fit and our concerns over body image boosts a $54 billion diet industry. Yet, according to the new science of obesity, the lean models and the mean athletes may be heading to an early grave.

In his new book, The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier, cardiologist and researcher, Carl J. Lavie, reveals the truth behind body fat’s effect.

  

  April 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal.

With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice--who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment or even death. Directed by Rory Kennedy and airing in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, Last Days in Vietnam premieres on American Experience tomorrow night from 9:00-11:00 p.m. on PBS.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Nicholas Kulbida, a board-certified OB-GYN who sees patients and delivers babies at Bellevue Women’s Center in Niskayuna, New York. He’s here to answer your questions.

  The announcement was long expected, but still dominated political circles.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he supports Hillary for president.

  

  Raymond Francis, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, once found himself in a hospital, battling for his life. The diagnosis: acute chemical hepatitis, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, and several autoimmune syndromes, causing him to suffer fatigue, dizziness, impaired memory, heart palpitations, diarrhea, numbness, seizures and numerous other ailments.

Knowing death was imminent unless he took action, Francis decided to research solutions for his disease himself. His findings and eventual recovery led him to conclude that almost all disease can be both prevented and reversed.

He writes about his journey in the new book: The Great American Health Hoax.

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