7/7/15 Panel

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Author, Editor and Activist Barbara Smith & SUNY Albany Journalism Professor & Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

 WAMCs' David Guistina talks with Mike Spain about red light cameras finally coming to Albany, a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, and how residents felt about fireworks after the weekend and newly passed law.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and afternoon thunderstorms possible, warm and humid with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.  Some of the showers and storms could contain heavy rainfall.

Tonight:  mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, warm and muggy with lows in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Wednesday:  Mostly cloudy early with scattered showers and thunderstorms, then slow clearing late in the day,  a touch cooler with highs in the mid and upper 70s. 


In baseball, in the American League, The Yankees and the Red Sox had a day off. Meanwhile, Houston beat Cleveland 9-4, Minnesota doubled up Baltimore 4-2 in 10 innings, the White Sox beat Toronto 4-2, and it was Detroit over Seattle 12-5.

The Tampa Bay at Kansas City game was postponed due to a tornado.

In the National League, the Mets blanked San Francisco 3-0, Pittsburgh edged San Diego 2-1, the Dodgers bested Philadelphia 10-7, St. Louis shut out the Cubs 6-0, Cincinnati slid past Washington 3-2, and it was Atlanta over Milwaukee 5-3.

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Voters in the town of Bristol, Vermont, are planning to vote on a plan for a new fire station.

Officials say a $12.4 million federal grant will allow Vermont to expand statewide a program aimed at reducing substance abuse among 12- to 25-year-olds.

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Vermont's beautiful but often deadly Huntington Gorge has taken another life.

Authorities in Massachusetts say three high profile fireworks injuries over the Fourth of July underscore why consumer fireworks are illegal in the state.

Boston police issued a public appeal after two young boys were badly hurt when fireworks they were playing with exploded.  One boy reportedly had a hand amputated.

Boston Police Superintendent William Gross said the incident is under investigation.  

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Senator Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to deter a new crime trend that's costing law enforcement thousands of dollars. 


The Massachusetts state appointed receiver for the Holyoke Public Schools officially started on the job Monday.

As receiver, Stephen Zrike has the combined authority of a local school committee and school superintendent to both establish policy and implement it. 

Zrike, with input from a local stakeholders group, will produce a turnaround plan for the Holyoke schools by the end of summer.

" I don't come with a blueprint in my pocket on this is how we are going to do it here," he said.