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On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3 p.m. to determine who will represent the AFC in the SuperBowl. Later at 6:40 p.m. the Minnesota Vikings will face the Philadelphia Eagles to represent the NFC in the Superbowl.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered the State of The City Address Thursday night.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he expects to sign a bill before Monday that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from Canada, where many are sold for a fraction of the cost in the United States.

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Officials from the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union brass are working to negotiate a new contract before a midnight deadline. Utility workers remain set to strike if they cannot reach an agreement.

Ice surrounds flooded homes at Underwood Mobile Home Park
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Following the rapid warming late last week, an ice jam formed in the Saranac River that led to flooding of the Underwood Estates Mobile Home community in Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says while many homes could wind up uninhabitable, there may be no state or federal aid to turn to for help.

Cuomo School Aid hike doesn't please everyone

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, or around 3 percent from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.

Two passengers on the boat that collided with another vessel on Lake George, killing an 8-year-old girl in July 2016, have been sentenced.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 18, 2018.

      Springfield eighth graders report higher rates of feeling sad or hopeless when compared with all students in Massachusetts, according to results of a survey reported by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. 

(Airs 1/18/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

Cuomo Releases Bill To End Carried Interest Loophole

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Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses budget in Lake Placid
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Reaction is coming in after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation to end what’s known as the carried interest loophole, a measure long sought by the left of the governor’s Democratic Party.

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We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander return for their first show of 2018. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(1/18/18 @ 1p.m.) -- In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, WAMC presents an encore Power of Words. On this program, WAMC's Alan Chartock, H. Carl McCall, and Dr. J. W. Wiley discuss Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I have a Dream Speech.

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A railway group has filed a petition with a federal transportation board to stop rail removal near the Ashokan Reservoir. The nonprofit questions whether Ulster County is acting within federal railroad regulations in pulling up rail for a recreational trail. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Clinton County Legislature Chair Harry McManus provides State of the County report
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the County, Town and City forum this morning to hear reports from municipal leaders.

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A three-time candidate for governor of New York says too many upstate property owners are paying too much in local taxes because their assessments are too high. Thomas Golisano, who founded the Paychex payroll company, has started a website for those who think their property assessments are too high. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Piff The Magic Dragon will be performing at the Funny Bone in Albany tonight – Saturday, January 20th as part of his all-new 2018 tour The Dog Who Knows.

If the name doesn’t immediately conjure up an image of a grumpy-yet-hilariously-entertaining-English-comedian dressed in what looks like a handmade dragon costume (who performs magic tricks with his doggie in tow) then you simply don’t have your finger on the pulse of the comedy scene.

Piff rose to fame as the stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” earning high praise from judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern before reaching the top 10 in the finals.

Since then, Piff has made Las Vegas his home, where he has a residency at The Flamingo casino on a regular basis.

Daniel Pink looks to change the way we live by changing how we think. From “To Sell Is Human” to “Drive to A Whole New Mind,” Pink’s New York Times-bestselling books illuminate the hidden forces that affect our lives in major ways. His new book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” shows us the keys to timing our decisions and actions so that we can thrive both personally and professionally. 

Drawing on a range of scientific research in the fields of psychology, biology, economics and anthropology, Pink reveals how we can use the hidden patterns of the day to succeed in all facets of our lives. 

Allan Lichtman is a political historian and Distinguished Professor of History at American University. Lichtman predicts that an impeachment investigation will be launched and lays out the factors that, he believes, will lead to Trump’s removal from office.

From Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry, to President Trump’s foreign policy moves and conflicts of interest– not to mention his Twitter account – Lichtman warns that Trump’s rogue presidency is approaching a critical mass of violations that could trigger his impeachment – but only if the American people demand it. 

Lichtman’s new book, “The Case for Impeachment,” contains new material assessing how Trump’s first year in office has strengthened the case for his impeachment, and explaining exactly how he could be removed from office. 

The 2018 elections will tell us a lot about 2020.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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People brought to the U.S. when they were children, known as Dreamers, have found themselves caught up in the latest political debate in Washington. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is scheduled to expire in March if lawmakers don’t extend it.

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

Seen: "The Post"

Upcoming:
Tracy Grammer: CD Release Show - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 1/18, 7 PM
Town of Great Barrington W.E.B. Du Bois 150th Festival Kickoff - Featuring the one-man play, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 1/19, 6 PM
Susan Werner - The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 1/19, 7:30 PM
"Love, B: The Letters of Lt. Basil Beebe Elmer" – Dramatic Reading - (related to the exhibit "A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War”) - New York State Museum Huxley Theater, Albany, Saturday 1/20, 1 PM
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/20, 8 PM
Quindar (Mikael Jorgensen & James Merle Thomas) - MASS MoCA Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 1/20, 8 PM
Dust Bowl Faeries - Helsinki Hudson Ballroom Stage, Hudson, Sunday 1/21, 6 PM
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 1/22, 7 PM
Ephraim Asili: Inheritance (Work in Progress) - EMPAC Theater, RPI, Troy, Tuesday 1/23, 7 PM

New movies: "Phantom Thread," "12 Strong," "Den of Thieves"

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The upstate New York proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters are not on the online retailer’s list of 20 finalists released Thursday. 

1/18/18 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, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the truth, accuracy, the press, and Trump's fake news awards.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtesgo.com about a recap of the last 75 broadcasts of headlines.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly sunny and breezy today. Highs in the upper 20s.

Mostly cloudy with a snow shower possible tonight.  Lows in the teens.

Some morning clouds, then mostly sunny.  Highs in the lower to mid 30s.

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