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About 100 people are expected to meet in Worcester Saturday for the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s annual state convention. The 6,000-member group unsuccessfully ran candidates in statewide races last year including treasurer, auditor and secretary of the commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with the party’s co-chair M.K. Merelice who ran for auditor in 2014, about Saturday’s open convention and the party’s goals.

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A new law goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts that entitles most employees to earn and use sick time.  The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is holding more than a dozen listening sessions and formal public hearings across the state on the new law.   A public hearing took place Friday t in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Clean Water Rule on Wednesday, which it says will enhance stream and wetlands protection from pollution and degradation. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the decision comes after months of fierce debate.

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 29, 2015.

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What should the future of one of the nation’s oldest sports venues be? Saratoga Springs area residents and racing fans got to weigh in on that question last night at public hearing on proposed changes to the historic Saratoga Race Course.

  The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. The film debuted at Sundance this year.

The film will screen at The Berkshire International Film Festival on Saturday at 3pm at The Mahaiwe.

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Albany Pro Musica’s sixth annual “Pops! Goes the Chorus” cabaret once again fills the historic Shaker Meeting House in Colonie with show tunes, old standards and other popular songs on Friday and Saturday nights, June 5th and 6th.

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Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream, founded by sisters Jane and Amy Keller, has grown from their humble beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, NY, into a regional ice cream powerhouse. Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s toniest hotels and restaurants, including the New York Palace Hotel and the Carlyle Hotel.

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 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best New Play. It’s been called “the most inventive new show on Broadway.” The acclaimed National Theatre production of the show won 7 Olivier Awards. It opened in New York in October and a national tour was recently announced.

Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott directs an adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, the drama follows Christopher — a 15-year-old mathematics savant with an often crippling antisocial disorder — as he pieces together clues to solve a neighborhood mystery and comes to a greater understanding of his own family.

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Capital District Congressman Paul Tonko is introducing legislation to crack down on illegal doping in thoroughbred horse racing. 

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