Courtesy of Dutchess County government

Monday night’s fire at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County has left hundreds of employees displaced as an investigation into the cause gets under way.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.


     The partnership between the University of Massachusetts flagship campus and the town of Amherst celebrated a milestone today.

Facebook: Great Barrington Police Department

Update at 6:45 p.m. August 30: Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin tells WAMC the town is taking the matter seriously and is investigating the issues expressed in the report. A recent article by the online publication The Berkshire Edge details alleged drinking and driving incidents by Great Barrington police officers.

  Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.

Surrender, New York features an outcast pair - secretly called in to consult on a case where adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion.

A CTfastrack bus

Connecticut is boasting about the success of a bus system between Hartford and New Britain.

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The news that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, is separating from her disgraced husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, dominated the headlines around the presidential election this week. Do you think this will have an effect on Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Donald Trump has already taken digs at her over it. We’re checking in with you again this week on what you think of this race so far. 

Fire Engulfs Gap Building In Fishkill

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Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A fire that broke out Monday night at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County was still not fully under control early this morning. Meanwhile, state and county officials are discussing plans for the displaced workers. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Cainao delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Craft is finding its way into many beverage industries nowadays…and also into some bottles. And a Berkshire business is looking to drink up the benefits.

  Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83 years old.

We spoke with Wilder around a decade ago about his memoir Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. Today we share that interview in memoriam for the actor and comic genius. 

  With less than 70 days to go in the election, debate is sure to ramp up this fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he keeps having nightmares.

  Housed in a beautifully restored 1840s Greek-Revival schoolhouse at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. It offers a variety of free and low-cost community arts events, including concerts, readings, theater pieces, art exhibitions, and arts-related workshops and classes.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 11th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 3 through 5.

The festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Featured authors this year include Christopher Breiseth, Elizabeth Brundage, Michelle Hoover, Courtney Maum, David Pietrusza, Ruth Reichl, Russell Shorto, Will Swift, Mark Wunderlich, and Steve Yarbrough.

Here to tell us more about the festival is Spencertown Academy Arts Center board member and co-chair of the festival, David Highfill.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Nine Island by Jane Alison
Christodora by Tim Murphy
The History of the Hudson Valley from the Civil War to Modern Times by Vernon Benjamin
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen
String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Upcoming events:

Talking Walls: Casting out the Post Contact Stone-Wall Building Myth by Matt Bua - Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 2:00pm

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman - Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 4:00pm


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WAMC/Northeast Public Radio will host a live debate between the candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional district seat, Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, on September 15th from 1-2 p.m. at The Linda in Albany. Featuring two former candidates for governor of New York, the race to replace retiring GOP Congressman Chris Gibson is one of the most closely-watched in the country in this election cycle.

8/30/16 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 Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

Croton-Harmon Train Station Renovations Are Complete

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Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Renovations have been completed at one of the larger Metro-North stations in New York’s Hudson Valley.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New York state's Senate hearings on PFOA in municipal water supplies, subpoenas from Preet Bharara, and Colin Kaepernick.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

A mix of sun and clouds today.  High in the lower 80's.

Partly cloudy tonight. Lows near 60.

Increasing clouds tomorrow with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm late in the day.  Highs in the mid 80's.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about investigations into PFOA water contamination and search law at airports.

A New York state Senate candidate has taken a position at the State University of New York at New Paltz.


In baseball, in the American League, Kansas City bested the Yankees 8-5, Boston topped Tampa Bay 9-4 and are two games back from AL East leading Toronto, Texas doubled up Seattle 6-3, Houston blanked Oakland 6-0, Detroit edged the White Sox 4-3, Cleveland beat Minnesota 1-0 in 10 innings, and it was Toronto over Baltimore 5-1.

Brittany Hanrahan

A study believed to be the first of its kind explores the ecological consequences of amphetamines in streams. It was co-authored by a scientist in the Hudson Valley.

Lead has been found in water tests at a public school in Amherst, Massachusetts.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted pictures of his catch Sunday.


    Labor Day is a week away, but school is back in session in many places including the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.

Colleges and universities are kicking off their Fall semesters across the state.  As the summer winds down and the dorms open up, it is a good time to review how state policies are impacting higher education.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 29, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 29, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed Judge Stephen Herrick to serve as Albany County Public Defender.

Dr. James Wise
Health Quest Medical Practice

  Joining us today is Dr. James Wise. He’s board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He comes to us from the Division of Rhuematology at Health Quest Medical Practice and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Kingston, where he treats rheumatologic conditions like arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. He’s here to answer your questions.