The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation released its plan for redevelopment of the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson earlier this month and held public information sessions on Monday.

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The sale of Burlington Telecom was again on the Burlington City Council agenda Monday night as the panel works to finalize the sale of the cable and broadband utility.

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There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader Brian Kolb. He announced in a video released Tuesday.

College students from Pace University who drove legislation to ban elephants from performing in entertainment venues in New York will be presented with the signed bill on campus Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Michelle Land, who co-teaches the class that worked on the bill in its early stages.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Embattled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse tells WAMC News Tuesday afternoon he won't resign despite pressure from fellow Albany County Democrats after the Times Union published a series of reports detailing alleged domestic violence incidents against the first-term mayor dating back years. Morse also says he has never physically harmed a woman, and took shots at Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and state Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John McDonald, himself a former mayor of Cohoes.

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent "The Book That Matters Most," best-selling author Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature.

In her new book, "Morningstar," she reveals the personal story behind beloved novels in her life.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has fired back at the Berkshire Museum, which calls the inquiry into the museum’s planned art sale meritless. 


Bennett Liebman of the Albany Law School's Government Law Center joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to discuss sports gambling. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Upstate Republican Brian Kolb says he will run for New York governor next year.

The lawmaker from Canandaigua has led the GOP minority in the state Assembly for eight years and was first elected in 2000.

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Farms in Berkshire County make up nearly 12 percent of all farmland in Massachusetts – which makes the farm-to-table movement a big deal for the regional economy. Area farmers are calling for something they say is glaringly missing – a slaughterhouse.

It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper. And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude.

Yet what has been often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party.

In "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of the making of a great American Western, exploring how Carl Foreman's concept of High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight. Both the classic film and its turbulent political times emerge newly illuminated.

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and Thomas Chulak from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Great Jazz & Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald
Muddy by Michael Mahin with illustrations by Evan Turk
Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano 
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs
American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

Voters head to the polls today in Alabama.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Can Europe prosper without the euro?

In 2010, the 2008 global financial crisis morphed into the “eurocrisis.” It has not abated. The 19 countries of Europe that share the euro currency―the eurozone―have been rocked by economic stagnation and debt crises. Some countries have been in depression for years while the governing powers of the eurozone have careened from emergency to emergency, most notably in Greece.

In The Euro, Nobel Prize–winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz dismantles the prevailing consensus around what ails Europe, demolishing the champions of austerity while offering a series of plans that can rescue the continent―and the world―from further devastation.

He also revised his past best-seller: Globalization and Its Discontents, now titled Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump. 

12/12/17 Panel

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

Joining us for the discussion: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses winter weather, the explosion in Times Square on Monday, the Alabama Senate race, and climate change.

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The New York Yankees have acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees announced the trade Monday, getting the slugger and cash from Miami for Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, right-hander Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

"Multiple cultures, multiple flags, are what have built this country." ~ Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, and the New York state Department of Education asking for more funding in the coming year.

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

Snow today, steadiest in the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.  Snow will mix with rain in the valleys south of I-90. General accumulations 6-12 inches in the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, 3-6 inches everywhere else north of I-90. 1-3 inches south of I-90 with as much as 3-6 inches in the Catskills, Taconics and Litchfield Hills. 2 inches or less closer to the coast in the Lower Hudson and Connecticut Valleys. Highs in the 30s.

Becoming breezy with snow showers tonight.  Lows in the teens to around 20.

Mostly cloudy, windy and very cold tomorrow with scattered snow showers.  Highs in the lower 20s with wind chill values closer to zero.

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Officials at OneJet announced Monday it will begin air service between Albany and Buffalo next year.

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A New York environmental group is calling for increased water infrastructure and staff funding at the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The call comes after the group updated a report analyzing data on reported sewage overflows.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator John Francisco R- Syracuse, speak at a forum moderated by SUNY New Paltz's Gerald Benjamin at a forum Monday in Albany
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At an event that’s become increasingly rare in state politics, two politicians from opposing parties sat down together Monday and had a civil discussion about issues facing New York.

Image by the architects, ARCADE. Courtesy Berkshire Museum.

The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum’s controversial art sale is without merit. 

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Several town plow trucks were destroyed Sunday morning in a fire in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. A state Department of Public Works office in the area will handle plowing during tonight’s anticipated winter storm — and for the near future. 

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The deputy leader of the New York state Senate says 2018 will be a difficult year for balancing the state budget.  Senator John DeFrancisco predicts cutbacks in healthcare spending to help close a multi-billion dollar deficit.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 11, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 11, 2017.

A bill that would give boards of education in many school districts the option to establish wards for their elections has been sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meantime, the New York Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the at-large method of electing Board of Education members of the East Ramapo School District.

Dr. Larry Garbo

Dr. Larry Garbo and RN Amy Zuchelkowski of New York Oncology Hematology join Medical Monday to discuss clinical research. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.