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(Airs 5/27 & 5/28) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Ira and Cailin talk about British authorities angry at the New York Times for publishing leaked forensic photos, Republican Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte body slams a reporter, whether Fox news is changing since the death of Roger Ailes, and much more.

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 28, 2017.

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Many communities in the region are planning for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. 

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts Tuesday will begin to review the proposed city budget

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will not attend a Vermont high school graduation to give the commencement speech as planned because of changes to his itinerary for his book tour in Europe.

Authorities in Mississippi say a suspect is in custody after eight people were killed in a shooting, including a sheriff's deputy.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one is in Bogue Chitto. The area is about 68 miles (109 kilometers) south of Jackson, the capital.

Strain said investigators were gathering evidence at all three locations.

Strange Universe: 05/28/17

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This week, Bob discusses the future.

Police in New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving over the busy Memorial Day holiday.

Riverkeeper Sweep Turns Up Tons Of Trash

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The 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep yielded 26 tons of trash, tires, assorted junk and recyclable plastic away from Hudson Valley and New York City shorelines at 102 locations.

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Longtime New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel covered the presidential election last year. In recent months, he’s been heading to red states to report on the people there and how they feel. The paper recently ran an eye-opening series on long-haul truck drivers. Young and old alike expressed ambivalence about a career that keeps them away from home for long stretches — with a close eye on the clock. Gabriel spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

I filled a rather significant hole in my Hudson Valley education last weekend. I finally spent a couple of nights at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 27, 2017.

Civil Rights Leader Is Bard Commencement Speaker

May 27, 2017

Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis will deliver the commencement address Saturday afternoon at Bard College.

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The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country and officials want to know if it is being properly followed.

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Repair crews on New York state highways are taking a break over the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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A black bear spotted for weeks in rural New York state with his head trapped in a plastic food jug has been rescued from his plight.

(Airs 5/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate tries to change the subject, our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s letter to President Trump for Federal help with the City’s transportation infrastructure, and, in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations, including the state’s capitol region.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Orange County Friday afternoon, claiming the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Five College Consortium has opened a $14 million library annex in western Massachusetts.

Garett Arigianas' Evening Forecast

May 26, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 26, 2017.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

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Two Congressman representing two centers of horse racing, upstate New York and Kentucky, have re-introduced a bill intended to improve the sport of kings with new anti-doping requirements.

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In addition to the ceremonies and parades honoring fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, many people will be enjoying barbecues. Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Byron Nilsson are in the studio to answer your grilling and barbecue questions. WAMC's Ray Graf.

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And now a word from our listeners! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 26, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 26, 2017.

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The Berkshire Theatre Group is throwing a dance party next month focused on LGBTQ pride. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Group’s Oskar Hallig about the effort.  

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