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NY21 Congressional candidates attend People's Forum at SUNY Plattsburgh
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All of the officially announced Democrats and one Republican hoping to unseat Republican New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st district met for a forum on the issues Saturday afternoon.

Democrats In New York State Senate Press For Gun Reform

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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
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Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.

Pittsfield PD Hunts For Clues To Gas Station Robbery

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The Pittsfield Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a robbery at a city gas station.

Dr. David Harris will become the first African-American president of Union College on July 1st.
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The 19th president of Union College was introduced this afternoon in Schenectady.

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Governor Charlie Baker has signed a supplemental appropriations bill approved by the legislature that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for early voting expenses in 2016.

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

In Tayari Jones’ new novel, “An American Marriage,” newlyweds Celestial and Roy, African-American professional who live in Atlanta, find their lives shattered when Roy is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is incarcerated. The novel explores race, loyalty, and love that endures.

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      A western Massachusetts city wants all its employees to watch what they say on social media.  Municipal unions in Springfield are being asked to agree in writing to social media policies.

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Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul RappBill Westwood and Polly Law are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

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With campaigns heating up in New York’s top statewide races, Republicans from the Hudson Valley are being mentioned as potential candidates. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who had considered running against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced in early January that he would not enter the race. Now, the Republican is being urged to reconsider. Meantime, an attorney from Westchester County is considering challenging Democratic state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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On January 22nd, Dr. David Mastrianni became the latest Democrat to join the crowded field hoping to challenge Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in northern New York’s 21st district.  The oncologist recently retired from clinical work and is now a part-time Senior Vice President of the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group.  Mastrianni believes the region faces a crossroads.

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As spring draws near, the Albany Common Council will be evaluating capital funding requests from city departments.

  Despite the outpouring of books, movies, museums, memorials, and courses devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of civilized Europe in the twentieth century still seems elusive even seventy years later. 

Peter Hayes' Why? dispels many misconceptions and answers some of the most basic, yet vexing, questions that remain: why the Jews and not another ethnic group? Why the Germans? Why such a swift and sweeping extermination? Why didn’t more Jews fight back more often? Why didn’t they receive more help?

Peter Hayes is professor of history and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Northwestern University and chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
“Only Child: A Novel” by Rhiannon Navin
“I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“LOVE” by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long
“The Dangerous Art of Blending In” by Angelo Surmelis
“Anatomy of a Miracle: A Novel” by Jonathan Miles
“Islandborn” by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

The Green Mountain State recently lost a giant.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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        Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts last year decided to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog.

In "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," Winkler reveals how American businesses won equal rights and transformed the Constitution to serve the ends of capital. Corporations - like minorities and women - have had a civil rights movement of their own, and now possess nearly all the same rights as ordinary people.

2/20/18 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

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Officials at the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College say they are investigating white supremacist signs and stickers that are being posted around the colleges' campuses.

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses indications that President Trump is open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective gun buyers and President Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race. 

WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district, and the push for a new “adaptive performance test” for students.

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:   

Mostly cloudy and unseasonably mild today with areas of fog and drizzle and possibly scattered showers, mainly north of I-90.  Highs in the lower 60s.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

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OLYMPICS

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made ice dancing history, while an American team captured the bronze medal in the event at the Pyeongchang Games.

Virtue and Moir have won the gold medal to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall. The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

Virtue and Moir had been tied with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for most medals among figure skaters.

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Attendance at state parks rose last year once again, with 71.5 million visitors to parks and historic sites across New York state.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast For 2/19/18

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Meteorologist Garrett Argianas delivers his evening forecast for Monday: February 19, 2018.

Blair Horner: Lead Poisoning Threat Persists In NY

Feb 19, 2018

Almost 50 years after New York banned the sale of lead in paint, each year some 1,800 children are found to be lead poisoned in New York.  This epidemic affects mostly young children of color from low-income communities who live in poorly maintained housing, where windows, doors, walls and ceilings produce invisible lead dust that is ingested by infants and toddlers through hand-to-mouth behavior and inhalation.

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his midday weather forecast for Monday: February 19, 2018.

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A surcharge collected from property taxpayers in one western Massachusetts city could pay for projects this year that increase the number of owner-occupied houses. 

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