An aerial view of the UMass Amherst campus

A 19 year old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a February incident in a UMass Amherst dormitory that led to a lockdown of the flagship campus.

William McKeown of Framingham pleaded guilty to larceny and assault and battery and was sentenced to a year in jail followed by two years probation, according the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. 

McKeown and an accomplice, who pleaded guilty last May, tried to pass off shredded vegetables as marijuana in a drug deal, and a fight broke out when the ruse was discovered.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

      In advance of the changeover in late October to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike, officials are distributing free transponders that motorists will need to avoid paying higher rates to travel on the highway.

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It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited New York state Senate hearing on the fallout from PFOA-contaminated water was held Tuesday in Hoosick Falls. Officials and angry residents took to the microphone.

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 Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Judith Enck of the EPA
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At Tuesday's state Senate hearing on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls, the federal EPA came in for criticism from some state officials who blamed the agency for failing to lead, and from some lawmakers who said they were disappointed the EPA did not send a representative to the hearing. For a response, WAMC News spoke Wednesday with District 2 Regional Administrator for the EPA, Judith Enck.

  In 1961, a thief broke into the National Gallery in London and committed the most sensational art heist in British history. He stole the museum’s much prized painting, The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya. Despite unprecedented international attention and an unflagging investigation, the case was not solved for four years, and even then, only because the culprit came forward voluntarily. 

Alan Hirch's book is The Duke of Wellington, Kidnapped!: The Incredible True Story of the Art Heist That Shocked a Nation.

  NPR's oddly informative weekly hour-long news quiz program, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! returns to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on September 1.

The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week's news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score-keeper Bill Kurtis. 

Bill Kurtis joins us. 

  Could Nancy Pelosi wield the gavel once more?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats just might retake the House.

#1414: Life Is Better When You Do It For The Love

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On this week’s 51%, an emergency room nurse marries her skills with those of her famous musician husband bringing together music and healing. We’ll learn about woman’s experience with peer support in recovering from addiction, plus we get a perspective on the hopes raised and dashed for an Indian gymnast. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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  Parsons Dance returns to PS21's Chatham Dance Festival with its stunning ensemble work and virtuosic technique.

Last summer PS21’s audiences saw Almah, Kate Skarpetowksa’s new work, in development during open rehearsals. This year they will now have an opportunity to see the completed work, which has an original score by Ljova and premiered at the Joyce Theater in January 2016.

It explores the connection of an eastern European childhood juxtaposed with the urban folklore of adolescence in NYC. Also on the program will be David Parsons Union and his stroboscopic masterwork Caught.

Artistic Director David Parsons founded Parsons Dance in 1985 and the company returns for its eleventh season performing at PS21 in Chatham for performances of September 2nd and 3rd. David Parsons joins us along with Judy Grunberg from PS 21.

  It is well known that the B-52s are The World's Greatest Party Band. And 35 years and over 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music's most beloved and enduring bands.

The B-52's will join The Boston Pops at Tanglewood on Friday, September 2nd. Friend of the show, Kate Pierson, join us.

8/31/16 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, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Berkshire Ramblers, North Korean sleepers, Apple's back taxes to Ireland, and New York state's PFOA hearings.

Morning Headlines With Judy Patrick Of The Daily Gazette

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about a nurses strike and a pedestrian bridge.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy today with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm late in the day.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.

Cloudy with scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm tonight. Lows in the lower to mid 60's.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Breezy and cooler with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm.  Highs in the mid to upper 70's.

Endwell NY 2016 Little League World Series Team


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees edged Kansas City 5-4 in 10 innings, Tampa Bay slid past Boston 4-3, Baltimore won against Toronto 5-3, Cleveland beat Minnesota 5-4, Detroit doubled up the White Sox 8-4, Texas beat Seattle 8-7, and it was Houston over Oakland 3-1.

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Monday night’s fire at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County has left hundreds of employees displaced as an investigation into the cause gets under way.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 30, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.


     The partnership between the University of Massachusetts flagship campus and the town of Amherst celebrated a milestone today.

Facebook: Great Barrington Police Department

Update at 6:45 p.m. August 30: Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin tells WAMC the town is taking the matter seriously and is investigating the issues expressed in the report. A recent article by the online publication The Berkshire Edge details alleged drinking and driving incidents by Great Barrington police officers.

  Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.

Surrender, New York features an outcast pair - secretly called in to consult on a case where adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion.

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Connecticut is boasting about the success of a bus system between Hartford and New Britain.

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The news that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, is separating from her disgraced husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, dominated the headlines around the presidential election this week. Do you think this will have an effect on Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Donald Trump has already taken digs at her over it. We’re checking in with you again this week on what you think of this race so far. 

Fire Engulfs Gap Building In Fishkill

Aug 30, 2016
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A fire that broke out Monday night at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County was still not fully under control early this morning. Meanwhile, state and county officials are discussing plans for the displaced workers. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

Aug 30, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Cainao delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
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Craft is finding its way into many beverage industries nowadays…and also into some bottles. And a Berkshire business is looking to drink up the benefits.

  Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83 years old.

We spoke with Wilder around a decade ago about his memoir Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. Today we share that interview in memoriam for the actor and comic genius. 

  With less than 70 days to go in the election, debate is sure to ramp up this fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he keeps having nightmares.