New York News
1:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Saratoga Prepares For Travers Weekend

Saratoga Springs is preparing for its biggest tourist weekend of the summer season, capped by horse racing’s Mid-Summer Derby.

Tens of thousands of visitors will pack Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Race Course to celebrate Travers weekend. The Travers Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, was first held in 1864, and is one of the oldest and best-attended thoroughbred races in the country.

New York Racing Association CEO Chis Kay said New York has enjoyed a great summer for racing, leading up into this weekend’s event, a key stakes race for 3-year-olds.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Berkshire Performance Venues Report Successful Summers

The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream" at Pittsfield's Shakespeare in the Park.
Credit Enrico Spada / Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

As the days of August tick away, many Berkshires performance venues are closing the curtains on their summer sessions.

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Food Friday : Peaches

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A sweet and juicy peach can really hit the spot on a hot summer’s day. The fuzzy fruit peaks at this time of year, so you’ll be seeing lots of peaches in your local grocery store or farmer’s market. And there are lots of delicious things you can do with them, according to our guests, food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox and Julie Vanderlee of Fishkill Farms.

12:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 22, 2014. 

Capital Region News
12:19 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tech Valley High Moves To Albany Nano Campus

NY Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy and CNSE's Dr. Alain Kaloyeros are flanked by government officials and students as they cut the ribbon for the new Tech Valley High School on the CNSE campus. (August 20, 2014)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As upstate New York continues its ascent as a technological hub, Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus is now home to Tech Valley High. The cutting edge school is expected to become a blueprint as America's education system modernizes and tightens standards.

Tech Valley High had been ensconced in two different Rensselaer County locations. Wednesday marked the official ribbon-cutting for its new $8.5 million home at the NanoCollege, which is transitioning into SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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Capital Region News
12:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montgomery County Executive: Emergency-Level Floods Are New Normal

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort.
Credit Matt Ossenfort

Communities across New York's Mohawk Valley are working today to dry out and clean up after heavy rains late yesterday caused serious flooding and temporarily closed a portion of the Thruway. Hardest hit was Montgomery County, where County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared a state of emergency.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Roundtable Music 8/22

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Congressional Corner With Elise Stefanik

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

  New York’s border with Canada is a major issue for the 21st Congressional district.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock retiring Congressman Bill Owens deserves credit for his attention to border issues.

Hudson Valley News
10:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Orange County Exec Forecasts Another Bond Rating Downgrade

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A Hudson Valley county could be facing another downgrading of its bond rating.

Moody’s Investors Service in March downgraded Orange County’s bond rating two notches - to Aa2 from Aaa. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus believes another downgrade is imminent.

“I think we’re going to get downgraded on Monday, just a lot of negative stuff coming back, and rightfully so," says Neuhaus.

He says he met with Moody’s officials recently. Neuhaus says continued economic development will help as would landing one of the six casinos proposed for Orange County.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires - Call For Submissions

Gina Hyams at Tanglewood

    Author and Berkshire resident, Gina Hyams is creating a gift book titled The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires. She envisions the project as a collective love letter to the quintessential Berkshire summer experience of picnicking on the Lawn and she is asking the public to submit their personal snapshots of Tanglewood picnics, along with favorite Tanglewood picnic recipes and tips from all eras of the festival’s eight-decade history.

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