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New England News
12:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Renovations Set For Downtown Housing Complex

A $6 million renovation is planned at the former Morgan Square Apartments in downtown Springfield, MA as city officials encourage development of more market-rate housing
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A large apartment complex in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was sold this summer to a New York City-based developer. A renovation plan will be announced this week.  City officials say addressing the dearth of market-rate housing is a key to revitalizing downtown Springfield.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Many Challenges Ahead As New School Year Dawns

Tim Kremer
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The classrooms have been cleaned, the supplies have been bought, and teachers have their lesson plans ready to go as the bell is about to ring on a new school year across New York. There are many challenges facing students, teachers, principals, and the school boards, including Common Core, test scores, and funding, just to name a few. For more the issues facing education and educators as the new semester begins, WAMC reached out to Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

New England News
12:30 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Vilsack Discusses Dairy Margin Insurance Program And Enrollments

Congressman Peter Welch (left), Senator Patrick Leahy (middle) and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (right) in Burlington, Vermont
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed a new provision of the federal farm bill when he visited Burlington last week. Enrollment for the new dairy margin insurance program begins today.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 2, 2014. 

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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Capital Region News
11:37 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Troy Police Arrest 3 In Lockrow And Rivera Homicides

Officials in Troy brief the press on their progress is curbing the "crime wave" that has settled over the Collar City.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Under intense public pressure to stop a perceived crime wave, Troy police called a press conference this morning to announce three arrests in two homicides.

A 33-year old homeless man identified as Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, also 33, of Troy, were arrested Monday for the August 20th beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, found beaten to death in their home.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

'Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions And America's Death Penalty' By Austin Sarat

  Renewed and vigorous debate over the death penalty has erupted as DNA testing has proven that many on death row are in fact innocent. In this debate, however, the guilty have been forgotten. In his new book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, legal scholar Austin Sarat describes just how unquiet death by execution can be. If we assume a death row prisoner is guilty, how can we be sure that we are fulfilling the Supreme Court's mandate to ensure that his execution is "the mere extinguishment of life" and not a cruel and unusual punishment?

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The Roundtable
11:25 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Listener Essay - In My Own Time

  That Thursday morning in June, I awoke up before my 6:30am alarm. I was sixty-three years old and beside myself with anxiety and anticipation––full-blown first-day-of-school jitters. According to the directions on the Bennington College website, the drive should take me only two hours. Dinner for new students and their mentors was at five-thirty, and I wanted time to get settled in my dorm room beforehand. By noon, I began loading up my car with clothing for any occasion, toiletries, and bedding including the egg crate topper for the mattress that my student mentor, a Southerner who charmed me with her drawling description of my coming adventure, said I’d need.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue September 2, 2014

'The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload' By Daniel Levitin

    The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

'The Port Chicago 50' By Steve Sheinkin

  On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away.

On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

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