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People touring the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts can now delve into the history of dance thanks to a recently completed expansion. But another project means people thousands of miles away can also catch a glimpse.

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In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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Orange ribbons are appearing on trees, on poles and in windows across the North Country.  It’s an effort to show support for Clinton Correctional Facility administrators and staff that many local residents feel are being made scapegoats in the aftermath of the escape of two maximum security prisoners.

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One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

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The police chief in Hinsdale, Massachusetts is leaving one year after taking a position left open by the firing of the former top cop, adding flames to a political firestorm.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Several portions of state highways are being renamed in honor of New York service members killed in the line of duty.

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The new fiscal year has arrived in Massachusetts with no deal in sight on a state budget.

Talks have gone into overtime on Beacon Hill where the legislature failed to deliver a budget to Governor Charlie Baker before July 1st.  A conference committee is attempting to reconcile differences between the separate budgets passed months ago by the House and Senate.

              Senator Eric Lesser said a month-long interim budget is in place to keep state government functioning.

A woman and a man have been charged in connection with the death of the woman's 13-month old daughter from a drug overdose at an upstate New York home earlier this year.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports 27-year-old Rachel Ball and 34-year-old Joshua Bennett were both charged Thursday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault.

(Airs 7/3 & 7/4) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with John Kaehny, Executive Director of Re-Invent Albany.

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