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2:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1231

We talk a lot about space on this program. We hear from scientists and astro-physicists and researchers…but not from the people who actually go up and do the work. Well, until now.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear a conversation with Captain William Shepherd, the first commander of the international space station about working in space…and the politics of working side by side with Russians.

We'll also hear about school gardens, long distance unicycle ride and spend an academic minute playing with your food.

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New York News
11:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

21st District Republican Rivals Trade Barbs

NY 21st Congressional District

A Republican candidate in New York’s 21st Congressional district race may file suit against petitions filed by another Republican.

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Hudson Valley News
10:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Last-Minute Plans Emerge For A Newburgh Casino

With an April 23 deadline for casino license applications in New York State, the gaming company behind a proposal for an Albany suburb has come forward with plans to apply for another license for a casino in Orange County. 

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Vermont Bill Sets Up Legal Defense Fund On GMOs

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A Vermont House committee appears comfortable with Senate changes to a bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Vermont Jury Awards $35 Million In Sex Abuse Case

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A Vermont jury has award the victim of sexual abuse $35 million.

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New England News
7:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Mayors To Meet In Boston To Talk Gun Violence

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is hosting a regional summit on gun trafficking.

The event on Thursday at Roxbury Community College will feature a mayors’ round table discussion on gun violence, best practices and challenges.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno  will participate.

" And this is not about Second Amendment rights. This is about what we can do to curb this gun violence especially with youths and gangs and drugs and domestic violence," said Sarno.

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Hudson Valley News
7:07 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

HV Congressman And A Challenger Support Pipeline Project

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A Hudson Valley congressman and his likely opponent share a common view about a major energy project that many environmentalists oppose.

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New York News
6:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Even On Earth Day: NY Fracking Debate Rages On

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Green group "Elected Officials to Protect New York" today released copies of local resolutions from municipalities around the state, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue the de facto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

The resolutions, released over the last several months, for the most part recommend increasing investment in renewable energy, noting the success of the New York Sun initiative and growth in electric vehicle charging stations.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New Poll Shows Drop In Vermont Governor’s Approval

Vermont Statehouse
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A new poll from the online newspaper Vermont Digger and the Castleton Polling Institute shows a dramatic drop in Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s approval rating. Despite the 16 percent drop, pundits still expect the incumbent Democrat to be reelected this fall.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Trees Planted In City Neighborhood During Earth Day Event

Volunteers plant an Amelanchier or "Serviceberry" tree along Wilmont Street in the lower Forest Park Neighborhood of Springfield, MA. The Earth Day event was sponsored by ReGreen Springfield and Western Mass. Electric Co.
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Volunteers planted trees at an Earth Day observance in Springfield, Massachusetts today.  The city is slowly recovering from the loss of thousands of trees during the June tornado and October snowstorm in 2011.  

Thirty trees of various shade and ornamental species are being planted along a residential street in the densely populated lower Forest Park neighborhood to replace trees that had to be removed because of disease and decay.  The tree planting is being done by the volunteer-run nonprofit ReGreen  Springfield with a donation from Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

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