New York is cracking down on Airbnb rentals with one of the nation's toughest laws on short-term rentals.

(Airs 10/21/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Pipeline companies are not having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016, Our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the continuing war of words between the Governor and State Comptroller, and the State Education Commissioner and SUNY chancellor visit the north country.

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Burlington School District

The Burlington School superintendent is urging the school board to review the conduct of one of its members after Facebook posts that the superintendent says are "sexist, racist and ethnocentric."

ADA-Accessible Trail Opens At Black Rock Forest

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WAMC, Allison Dunne

A nature trail opened Friday in the Hudson Highlands in Orange County that provides access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. The pathway at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall takes visitors to an overlook that provides 50 mile views up the Hudson Valley.

Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Vermont
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Vice President Joe Biden was on the University of Vermont campus this morning to discuss his work as chair of President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which has a goal to advance and accelerate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

The final four Word of Life Christian Church defendants appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, Oct0ber 21, 2016.

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Three men are being held in Virginia in connection with two bodies found a day apart in Rensselear County.

    The largest hospital system in western Massachusetts revealed Friday that a data breach may have exposed personal information of about 13,000 patients.

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Over the past three decades, the amount of salt in Lake George has tripled. The reason is road salt applied to surfaces throughout the surrounding watershed.


The National Park Service has awarded a $250,000 grant to help fund improvements to a popular park in an inner-city neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pepperoni Pizza
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We celebrate the rapid (and successful) completion of our Fall Fund Drive with a pizza and beer party, welcoming back Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria and George De Piro of Druthers Brewery and Restaurant. Ray Graf hosts.

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 21, 2016.

Rensselaer Is On A Roll

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Tuesday, Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.

The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

  Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet's brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.”

Yet, as Ross King reveals in Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies his chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.

Government aid doesn’t always go where it’s supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities’ federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor’s prisons.

In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue.

  As the adage goes: home is where the heart is. This may seem self-explanatory, but none of our close primate cousins have anything like homes. Whether we live in an igloo or in Buckingham Palace, the fact that Homo sapiens create homes is one of the greatest puzzles of our evolution.

In Home: How Habitat Made Us Human, neuroanthropologist John S. Allen marshals evidence from evolutionary anthropology, neuroscience, the study of emotion, and modern sociology to argue that the home is one of the most important cognitive, technological, and cultural products of our species’ evolution. It is because we have homes—relatively secure against whatever horrors lurk outside—that human civilizations have been able to achieve the periods of explosive cultural and creative progress that are our species’ hallmark.

City of Springfield

     The case of a police detective who threatened to kill two teenagers but was not fired and a ruling by a federal judge in an excessive force lawsuit have reignited debate in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should investigate complaints of police brutality.

10/21/16 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, author and activist Barbara Smith, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the end of fund drive, Trump on election results, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara "slaying dragons."

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy, milder and a bit humid with showers likely today and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the lower 70's.

Cloudy with rain tonight. Also areas of fog.  Lows near 50.

Cloudy, windy, and colder tomorrow with showers.  Wet snow possible in the High Peaks. Highs in the lower 50's.


The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series berth in 71 years. The Cubs head back to Chicago with a three-games-to-two lead in the NL Championship Series following an 8-4 rout of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  

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A company lawyer says one of three asphalt plant workers hurt in a tanker truck explosion and fire has died of his injuries.

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Neither of the two top Republicans seeking office in Vermont this fall agrees with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump that this fall's vote could be compromised by voter fraud.

Stone Hut at the top of Mount Mansfield
Vermont State Parks

Ten months after two sons of the founder of Burton Snowboards caused an accidental fire that gutted a popular, historic stone cabin on a Vermont mountain top, the structure has been rebuilt and will soon be ready for guests.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate. That could affect big-ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators.

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University of Vermont

The University of Vermont has issued a new study that shows the college has an economic impact of over a billion dollars on the state.

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October has typically been a month when the Saratoga Springs City Center hosts the North East Arms Collectors Association’s gun show.