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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's Democratic National Convention speeches.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the dry summer and a glitch in a nonprofit grant to the Palace theater in Albany.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly sunny, breezy and a bit less humid today.  Highs in the upper 80's to around 90.

Mostly clear tonight.  Lows in the lower 60's.

A mix of sun and clouds, hot and a bit humid tomorrow.  Highs near 90.

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Flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman is back in the National League Central.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired the lefty from the Yankees for four players. Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season after recording 146 saves and a 2.17 earned run average in six years with the Reds. Cincinnati sent him to the Yanks last December.

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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An analysis by The Associated Press finds that while women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office Vermont stands out for its state Legislature, Maine for longevity and New Hampshire for women in all levels of government.

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Officials in Barre, Vermont have determined that a suspicious package was not dangerous.

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South Burlington's emergency staff say they need a communications equipment upgrade, but City Council members and taxpayers are unsettled by the $1.9 million price tag.

Westchester County Exec Addresses Bharara Probe

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A corruption probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has extended to Westchester County. That’s according to a report in the New York Post. Now Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is responding.

  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

Blair Horner: A Closer Look At Nuclear In New York

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When public officials reach for over-the-top metaphors, more often than not it’s an effort to distract the public from the question at hand.  Such was the case when Governor Cuomo argued that the state should spend billions of ratepayer dollars to shore up New York’s aging nuclear power plants.

Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast Monday, July 25, 2016.

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    A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.  Advocates say the benefits to the region justify the large expense.

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With cases of Zika reported in nearly every U.S. state, Connecticut officials are rolling out a detection program for the virus that’s been linked to birth defects.

    

  Joining us today is Dr. Nora Perkins. Dr. Perkins is an otolaryngologist coming to us from Albany ENT and Allergy Services. She specializes in sinus disorders and laryngology, and she’s here to answer your questions.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed New York state agencies to conserve electricity to help the state avoid brownouts during the ongoing heatwave.

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The city of Cohoes in Albany County is pausing to remember its former mayor.

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The Democratic National Convention is under way today and a number of area politicians are in Philadelphia for the four-day event. It’s gotten off to a shaky start as Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation after leaked emails detailed an apparent bias against presidential hopeful and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 25, 2016.

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Investigators are trying to determine why 24-year-old Rachael Mattice made up an abduction story that touched off a social media campaign for her safe return along with a multi-agency search and rescue effort.

     Voters in three Massachusetts cities this November will decide whether to authorize a property tax surcharge to finance a local fund that could pay for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and building affordable housing.

  Death is something we all confront ― it touches our families, our homes, our hearts. And yet we have grown used to denying its existence, treating it as an enemy to be beaten back with medical advances.

We are living at a unique point in human history. People are living longer than ever, yet the longer we live, the more taboo and alien our mortality becomes. Yet we, and our loved ones, still remain mortal. People today still struggle with this fact, as we have done throughout our entire history. What led us to this point? What drove us to sanitize death and make it foreign and unfamiliar?

In Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living, Brandy Schillace shows how talking about death, and the rituals associated with it, can help provide answers.

  The 16th annual Saratoga Choral Festival takes place at the Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park - this Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM. The festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. 

The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir.

Also included on the program - Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in the summer of 2001 and we are joined by Festival Director, Andrea Goodman, and by chorus members Mira DeGregory and Jackson Cherry. 

  Who will be the next Congressperson from New York’s 19th district seat?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why she believes she’s the right choice.

  In The Highest Glass Ceiling, best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates.

Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.

  Water scarcity is on everyone's mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people's food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts - even as a swath of California farmland has been left fallow and extremist groups worldwide exploit the desperation of people losing livelihoods to desertification - many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, and climate change.

Water does not perish, nor require millions of years to form as do fossil fuels. However, water is always on the move. In Water in Plain Sight, Judith D. Schwartz presents a refreshing perspective on water that transcends zero-sum thinking.

7/25/16 Panel

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

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

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