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A 14-year-old New Hampshire boy taking a flight to a baseball tournament in Florida was shocked when airport authorities said he was on a U.S. government watch list.

Vermont Senate Chamber
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Lawmakers in the Vermont Senate have unanimously approved a measure that positions the state as a bulwark against some of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

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The Vermont Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office says the state is poised to bring in an addition $8 million with retail giant Amazon agreeing to collect and remit sales tax.

A report commissioned by two environmental groups shows that low-carbon options will be ready to replace the more than 2,000 megawatts of power lost by the closure of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant in four years. The report concludes compelling the state to adopt an energy efficiency framework would help.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ski Vermont

With the snowfall earlier this month ski mountains across the area built a strong base for the Presidents Day holiday.  Many resorts are expecting record attendance when final numbers come out.

Officials: Transgender New Yorkers Still Have Rights

11 hours ago

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls is considering a new draft of a proposed settlement between the companies deemed responsible for polluting local water supplies and village government. The Thursday evening meeting comes after a previous settlement agreement was tabled amid widespread opposition in January.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

12 hours ago

Meterologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

(Airs 2/23/17) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Albany Times Union State Editor Casey Seiler.

Compound Microscope
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We welcome an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander join us in Studio A. Ray Graf hosts.

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Saratoga Springs residents will vote on a new city charter at a special election set for May. But a vote by the city council Tuesday night denies funding that would support the election.

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New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

(Airs 2/23/17) WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation with Judith Enck -- Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and former Region 2 Regional Administrator at the EPA.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

15 hours ago

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Thelma Adams is an established figure in the entertainment industry. For two decades, she has penned celebrity features and film criticism for high-profile publications. She writes a weekly column for the New York Observer.

She joins us to discuss the 89th Academy Awards which will take place this Sunday.

  In Identity Unknown, Donna Seaman brings to life seven forgotten female artists, among the best of their day: Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins; Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown; Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions; Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance; Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive; Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising; and Louise Nevelson, an art-world superstar in her heyday but omitted from recent surveys of her era.

Donna Seaman is Editor, Adult Books, Booklist, a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. 

She will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck on Saturday, February 25.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

New York’s North Country swung from blue to red this election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what she makes of November’s results.

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Verrmont Legislature

On Tuesday the new Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a memo implementing the president’s immigration executive order.  In the memo, Secretary Kelly notes he is authorized to enter into agreements with states to authorize “qualified officers or employees of the state …. to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens in the United States.”  That is raising red flags in the statehouse in Vermont.  Earlier this month, a bill was introduced that would require any federal move to use local or state law enforcement first be approved by the governor.  Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive, says the bill is scheduled for action in the state Senate today.

Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

2/23/17 Panel

18 hours ago

 

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Gender free sign in San Diego
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A new bill that would put "gender-free" signs on public, single-occupancy bathrooms in Vermont is quickly gaining support.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's "deportation force" vs. American values, Trump's comments on anti-semitism, and congressional town halls across the country.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com about groups that have popped up since the November election and growing anger from left-leaning groups towards Republican Congressman John Faso. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WFXR

Today

Patchy fog this morning, otherwise partly sunny and windy with south winds 5 to 15 mph and highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, chance showers, lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Friday

A chance of showers early then mainly cloudy and mild with highs in the 50s to near 60°

NHL:

In the NHL, Anaheim beat Boston 5-3, Washington topped Philadelphia 4-1, and it was Edmonton over Florida 4-3.

#1379: "Girls Who Code"

Feb 23, 2017

When we talk about learning a second language in school we’re usually talking about Spanish or French or Mandarin. But one of the most important languages a student can learn today is computer code, and it seems not many girls are signing up.  Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from the founder of the group Girls Who Code.

We’ll also talk to Henry Winkler about his diagnosis of dyslexia and the books he writes for kids growing up with the same issues…and spend an Academic Minute with political satire in a post truth world.

Burlington Police car
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Burlington's police chief says an officer has resigned in advance of a disciplinary hearing on a perjury allegation regarding statements he made about an October arrest for narcotics possession last fall.

Robert Frenier
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Republican Robert Frenier's new House seat appears to be safe after a legislative recount effort abruptly ended.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott met with reporters at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to discuss a number of issues facing the legislature and his administration.  One of the primary topics is a piece of legislation under consideration that would require any federal immigration actions in Vermont to be approved by the governor.

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