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UConn Health's hospital tower that opened in 2016.
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UConn Health plans to shut down its fire department and paramedic services due to financial pressures.

The governor has done a lot to promote the state’s program to boost breast cancer screening rates.  He spent considerable time advocating for the expanded program and made it a centerpiece of his 2016 State of the State address.  But cancer is not only a women’s issue, it affects all of us. 

How Connecticut divvies up its Electoral College votes will be the subject of a legislative public hearing. 

Numerous bills have been proposed this year that would require Connecticut's electors to cast ballots for the presidential candidate who earned the most votes nationwide, regardless of the statewide results. Under the proposal, Connecticut would join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which 11 states have signed onto since 2006.

Rob Edelman: Oscars and Journalists

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Momentarily, the latest Academy Award ceremony will be at center stage. Combine this with a new U.S. president who has declared war on the media, and it is well-worth recalling that the Best Picture Oscar winner from just a year ago celebrates the importance of journalism in a free society. That film is SPOTLIGHT, and it is the fact-based tale of reporters who doggedly knock on doors and ask questions, all in a search for truth. The bottom line in SPOTLIGHT is that, if not for the tenaciousness of the Boston Globe journalists presented in the film, would we ever have known about the long, distressing history of a massive scandal involving the sexual abuse of children and its cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese?

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 20, 2017.

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School districts in Albany and Rochester are getting financial help to reach young people who are neither working nor in school.

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers need to beware of new scams this tax season. 

State officials say many of the new schemes target company payroll and human resources workers, with con artists sending emails posing as company executives seeking employee Social Security numbers.

The Capitol
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WAMC's Jim Levulis talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's finance director leaving his position, and more on the breakaway Democrats.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly sunny and breezy today.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Mostly clear tonight.  Low in the upper teens.

Morning sunshine, giving way to increasing clouds tomorrow. Showers move in toward sunset. Highs in the mid 40's. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the White House budget office's draft to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, progressives and conservatives swarming local town hall meetings, and a Democrat on the Federal Election Commission quitting her term early due to gridlock.

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NBA:

The local guy was the MVP of Sunday's NBA All-Star game at New Orleans.

Pelicans center Anthony Davis scored 20 of his All-Star game-record 52 points in the fourth quarter as the Western Conference won for the sixth time in seven years, 192-182 over the East. He was 26 of 39 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

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As the City of Albany waits to hear if the state will contribute $12.5 million to close a budget gap, residents are being cautioned to prepare for a tax hike.

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New York State has finalized regulations that will require banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards.

(Airs 2/19 & 2/20) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and University at Albany Professor and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about the Washington Post’s Marty Baron saying ‘We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work,’ how the press is handling President Trump’s war with the media, the Flynn resignation and press leaks that President Trump now doesn’t like, and more.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban.

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Legal pot is back on the table in Vermont.

After a legalization bill that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's system failed last year, a new bill would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana and allow Vermonters to grow several plants for personal use.

David Nightingale: Smart Meters And Microwaves

Feb 19, 2017
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This essay is about the 'smart' technology that many utility companies have introduced, and to which there is a degree of nationwide opposition.

This week we bring you the first of a two-part special broadcast from our first-ever “Tales from the Tavern” live event. We hosted a two-hour panel at the Olde English Pub in Albany with special guests Maeve McEneny and Paul Nooney of the Original Albany Ghost Tour.

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News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 19, 2017.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is among several new performers who have been added to Tanglewood's popular artist series this summer.

Strange Universe: 02/19/17

Feb 19, 2017

This week, Bob discusses liquid's rarity in the universe.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is touring upstate New York Sunday.

Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will tour Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady County where she is scheduled to receive a briefing from officials with the New York National Guard and 109th Airlift Wing.

A well-known western Massachusetts blogger has been killed in a head-on crash.

The Republican reports that the Northwestern District Attorney's Office confirmed Saturday that Larry Kelley, 62, was killed on Route 9 in Belchertown at about 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Walk In The Woods

Feb 18, 2017

Here’s a suggestion for unsettling times: take a walk in the woods. I notice I’ve been doing a lot more of that lately.

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The once-Albany-based band Hand Habits returned this week as part of a tour behind a new record titled Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), which was recently recognized by internet music publication Pitchfork.

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News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 18, 2017.

Bill Owens: A Positive Step With Canada

Feb 18, 2017

The atmosphere at the White House appeared cordial with the Prime Minister wearing a charming smile which appeared to coax the President out of his usual scowl.

Vermont Statehouse
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Republican Governor Phil Scott wants Vermont lawmakers to lift restrictions on a tax-related financing program that now goes to a handful of cities and towns.

Rivers features a 50,000-square foot gaming floor with hundreds of gleaming slot machines.
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The Rivers Casino in Schenectady opened February 8th to long lines and crowds of bettors. Despite some snowy weather during the opening week, bettors played more than $23 million at electronic slot machines and more than $4.2 million at table games.

The Hartford Civic Center, now the XL Center
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Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Governor Dannel Malloy says the XL Center still needs to be either overhauled or closed.

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