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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.


    The Baker administration announced the first grant awards Thursday in a new program that aims to increase access to healthy, affordable food and create jobs in Massachusetts.

FRA Administrator Feinberg with Senator Charles Schumer discussing Positive Train Control at the Schenectday Amtrak station.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Schenectady Wednesday with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg to highlight what he says is a need for a “positive-train control” system between Poughkeepsie and Amsterdam.

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The great Fall Fund Drive ended early (thank you!) and we didn't plan on a show.  Flying in  - just in the nick of time for a wing and a prayer broadcast - was none other than Rich Guthrie. A splendid time was had by all, even our host, Ray Graf. 

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(Airs 10/20/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico.

A stretch of the Housatonic River under remediation.
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General Electric says it's "disappointed" by a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's plan that requires the company to clean chemicals from a western Massachusetts river.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that General Electric issued a statement Wednesday indicating that it may appeal Tuesday's decision upholding the $613 million proposal. It would have a 30-day window after the EPA issues its final cleanup permit.


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WAMC Northeast Public Radio's October Fund Drive mobilized listeners to help the people who live and work in our communities. We raised awareness about the issues that families in our neighborhoods deal with each day, and raised $1 million to keep WAMC on the air.

"This is the fastest Fund Drive I can remember! We are incredibly grateful to all of our WAMC community members for making this happen. Exhausting, but wonderful!" says Alan Chartock, President and CEO.


New York environmental officials are asking hunters to be alert for any signs of the hunter who disappeared in Warren County almost one year ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.


For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

Saratoga PLAN

Pitney Farm is the last remaining operating farm within the Saratoga Springs city limits.

Partners have been working to purchase and preserve the family farm for the past several months. Earlier this year, the organization Saratoga PLAN backed out of its plans to purchase the property.

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 Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Mike Carr at Elk Lake in the Adirondacks, May 2016
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The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust have worked in partnership for more than four decades to conserve lands and waters in the Adirondacks.  Mike Carr has been executive director of both organizations for the last 16 years, but in the case of the Land Trust it has been part-time.  He says it’s time for him to step down as the head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy to become the full-time executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy with showers likely today. Highs in the lower 60's.

Cloudy with scattered showers tonight. Also areas of fog and drizzle.  Lows in the mid 50's.

Mostly cloudy with showers likely tomorrow. Highs in the upper 60's.

10/20/16 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, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

Police say the slaying of a man in the city of Troy may be connected to the death of a man whose body was found in a creek in a neighboring town.

Troy police say 23-year-old Javier Gomez was found dead in his apartment Monday.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says a woman walking her dog spotted a man's body in a dry creek bed the next evening in the town of Brunswick, just east of Troy. The body hasn't been identified yet but authorities say they believe he was connected to Gomez.

Authorities say both men were slain but police haven't released other details.


In baseball, Toronto was eliminated from World Series contention as Cleveland blanked the Blue Jays 3-0. The Indians are the American League champions for the first time since 1997 following Game 5 of the ALCS. Cleveland will face the winner of the Chicago/Los Angeles series in the World Series. Meanwhile Chicago blasted Los Angeles 10-2 to even the series at 2 games apiece.

Here’s a rather obscure name from American history: Billy Lee. He was George Washington’s valet. There’s also Alfred Jackson. He was a faithful servant of Andrew Jackson. The two names you do know have something in common, they were US Presidents. The other two men also have something in common, they were slaves.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we open up the door to history class and talk about the complicated early history of the US…and the people who lived in the shadow of liberty.

We’ll also spend an academic minute passing the buck.

Keith Strudler: Chicago Cubs Fans

Oct 19, 2016

Cubs fans, it is now time to get nervous. A few days ago, you were up one game to zero in the National League Championship Series. Three more wins against the Dodgers, and it was off to the World Series, where you would be the favorite to win over what now appears to be the Cleveland Indians, who are up three-nil on the Toronto Blue Jays. This would be your first trip to the Series since 1945. And if you won, the first time since 1908. As you’re well aware as a Cubs fan, this is the longest championship drought in professional baseball. Or more precisely, in all professional sports.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 19, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Wednesday, October 19, 2016.


A legislative effort is underway to strip the police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts of his authority to discipline police officers.

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With less than three weeks before elections, Hillary Clinton is even further ahead of Donald Trump in New York State, and that could affect down ballot races, including seats for the state Senate.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has unveiled a new Smart City plan. Put together in a collaborative process, the plan is designed to advance technology to benefit infrastructure, the business community, visitors and residents.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author about first-born daughters, learn about legislation introduced concerning human trafficking and hear about perhaps alternative views of Mother Teresa. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.


Local election officials report an upswing in people registering to vote in Massachusetts ahead of today’s deadline. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Oct 19, 2016

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

Some early morning clouds, then mostly sunny and warm today. Highs in the lower to mid 70's.

Clear this evening, then increasing clouds late tonight.  Lows near 50.

Mostly cloudy with showers likely tomorrow. Highs in the lower 60's.


In baseball, Toronto held off Cleveland 5-1, the Indians lead the series three-games-to-one. The Dodgers topped the Cubs 6-0 to take a 2-1 series lead.