Bill Owens: Chinese Currency Manipulation

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The recent Chinese government devaluation of its currency by approximately 4.4 percent is a cogent reminder of how the Chinese manipulate their economy, and the world economy.  There is no doubt that what the Chinese are doing is an effort to make these exports less expensive, which has been blatantly confirmed by senior leaders.  These actions continue a decades-long attack on US manufacturing with little or no negative consequences.

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North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright is vying for a fourth two-year term against the man he ousted from office, former longtime mayor John Barrett, and artist and real estate developer Eric Rudd. Alcombright, a former city councilor spent 36 years with Hoosac Bank and Williamstown Savings Bank becoming senior vice president of retail banking. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis sat down with Alcombright in the mayor’s office to talk about the Democrat’s priorities.

Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.

Has anyone seen a stray missile?

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A Vermont school district has voted to move forward to bring a heroin overdose antidote into its schools.

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A single-engine GILES 202 aerobatic plane that was practicing Friday afternoon for the Stewart Airport air show scheduled for this weekend, crashed killing the pilot.


The first results from Connecticut's new standardized Smarter Balanced exams appear mixed. While more students than expected are excelling at English language arts, the scores show a need for improvement in math.

(Airs 8/30 & 8/31/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The state’s new education commissioner is getting some back lash over plans to quell the testing opt out movement, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the new commissioner, and we’ll take you to a protest in the Finger Lakes region over a coal burning power plant.

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There is something in the water.  And Plattsburgh officials have a conundrum on their hands trying to figure out why there are spikes in bacteria occurring at the city beach.


You may not yet have heard about  "Rise Up October" - it's a movement that packs a huge potential impact in our region.