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A ban on recreational marijuana will not be included on the November ballot in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

City of Pittsfield

A street fair in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Saturday will highlight an ongoing state redevelopment project on Tyler Street. 

Statue of J. Marion Sims on Fifth Avenue, on the wall of Central Park
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Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

The owner of a Vermont ski resort accused of massive fraud involving foreign investors' money will not contest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges against him. Headquarters

A Vermont company that produces and manages digital products for the auto industry is laying off 45 employees from its Burlington headquarters.

NY Test Scores Inch Up

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The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services has notified Vermont officials that it intends to close the state's EB-5 immigrant investor regional center. It comes following millions of dollars in alleged fraud at Jay Peak Ski Resort involving the program — and as the state issues a report recommending the office be gradually closed.

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Congressman Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, will discuss tax reform in Williamstown, Massachusetts in September.

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley operated along the proposed trail corridor. The line transported millions of passengers over its three decades of service.
Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a proposed 35-mile bicycling and pedestrian rail-trail path, running from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson. Officials hope to have the trail operational by 2020.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, is inspired by her time at a law firm in Louisiana working on the retrial defense of death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley. She shows how ''the law is more personal than we would like to believe and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.''

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Thousands of people attended solar eclipse viewing parties around the Northeast Monday. WAMC joined students at Berkshire Art and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Massachusetts who took in the sight on the first day of the school year.  


Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul Rapp, Bill Westwood and Polly Law are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Bicknell's Thrush incubating a nest on Stratton Mountain,Vermont
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The Bicknell’s Thrush summers on the highest peaks of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.  A new study released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has found their population is one of the smallest of any migratory songbird in the U.S. and Canada.

Confederate memorial tombstone at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi

Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss how spreadsheets can change your life.

Jesse Feiler spends his time writing, consulting, and building apps — sometimes at the same time. With Gail Nayowith, he’s finishing The Nonprofit Risk Book due out in October and The Nonprofit Risk App currently in beta test. (Beta test volunteers are very welcome — register at

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Released in October)

Demonstrators march down Hoosick Street in Troy, New York. They headed to city hall to protest after 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald was shot by police.
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The attorney for a 22-year-old upstate New York man who was shot and wounded by police during a traffic stop says his client wasn't armed at the time of the confrontation.

The White House in consumed with palace intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York Times-bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker -- whose career has spanned nearly two dozen novels, including the very popular Charlie Hood and Merci Rayborn series, and earned him three Edgar Awards -- has launched a brand new series with the thriller The Room Of White Fire.

In the new novel, we meet Roland Ford—once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark.

8/22/17 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, Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller, and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the solar eclipse, President Trump's announcement regarding war strategy in Afghanistan, his rally tonight in Arizona, and continuing controversy surrounding his presidency. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

A mix of hazy sun and clouds, breezy and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing today.  Highs in the upper 80's.

Odell Beckham Jr.
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The New York Giants' exhibition season has gotten serious.

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hurt his left leg during Monday night's game against Cleveland when he took a legal-but-questionable hit on the knee from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun.


The federal government is designating critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon in a step regulators say will help the fish recover its population.

Sugar Shack Alliance

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is holding a public hearing in Torrington next week about its draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy. Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion is likely to come up.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts

Seeing no end to the conflict, North Adams, Massachusetts plans to add to its Veterans Memorial Wall the names of anyone who has served in the military since 9/11.

Baseball field in Burlington's Roosevelt Park
Burlington Parks and Recreation

Vermont police are concerned about a Burlington-area park and a rise in confrontational incidents, and are ramping up outreach efforts to prevent any potential violence.

Friends of the Winooski River / Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and other state officials have launched Vermont Clean Water Week to highlight efforts to clean up water in the state such as Lake Champlain and to celebrate the state's waterways.