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Senator Claire Ayer
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont legislator says she plans to push a publicly-funded health care plan in the upcoming legislative year.

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Vermont continues to be among the national leaders in the number of volunteers it sends abroad to serve in the Peace Corps.

Mid-Hudson Is A Top Performer In REDC Grants

9 hours ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced more than $755 million in Regional Economic Development Council grants. The Mid-Hudson region emerged a top performer. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at a few of the many projects being funded.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe (left) and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson outline legislative priorities
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The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate discussed the legislative priorities for the upcoming session with reporters in Montpelier today.

Senator Edward Markey
Senator Edward Markey

U.S. senators including Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have signed onto a bill that would reverse Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission vote and restore net neutrality regulations. 

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

With a federal decision expected this month, New York state has announced it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA declares dredging of the Upper Hudson River complete. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

12 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 14, 2017.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York has kicked off a campaign to extend the statute of limitations in New York for child sexual abuse crimes. The group hopes to convince Republican state senators to support the effort and began Wednesday at the district offices of two Hudson Valley senators.

Officials in an upstate New York community with water sources tainted by chemical pollution are applauding the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s pick for a top position in the Environmental Protection Agency.

(Airs 12/14/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

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With the Federal Communications Commission’s vote today to roll back Net Neutrality restrictions enacted in 2015 on Internet Service Providers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a multi-state lawsuit against the repeal.

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Ian Cowen of On The Level Plumbing joins us today to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

HV Rep's Bill Mandating PFOS/PFOA Study Is Law

14 hours ago
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two pieces of legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman have become law after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Bill Tuesday.

(Airs 12/14/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Dr. David Woolner,  Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Marist College Professor and Author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

15 hours ago
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The first homes in the Bennington, Vermont area with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been hooked up to a clean municipal water system.

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In this segment from WAMC’s in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.

From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker) writer, Helen Thorpe, comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.

The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family.

Helen Thorpe was born in London to Irish parents. She is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280.

Michael Rapaport, actor, Top 50 podcaster, award-winning film maker, and sports fanatic, is here to set the world straight on the greatest and downright worst athletes, players, teams, and jerseys—while refusing to mention statistics, analytics, or anything else that isn’t pure hustle.

In This Book Has Balls, Rapaport uses his signature smack-talk style and in-your-face humor to discuss everything from why LeBron will never be like Mike, that Tiger needs the ladies to get his golf game back, and how he once thought Mary Lou Retton was his true love. And, of course, why next year will be the year the New York Knicks win the championship. This book is a series of rants—some controversial, some affectionate, but all incredibly hilarious.

The president’s approval rating is inching lower.

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

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 Disaster Artist, Lady Bird        

Upcoming:

Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 12/14, 7:30 PM

Just Imagine

Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 12/14, 7 PM

12/14/17 Panel

18 hours ago

 

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

Joining us for the discussion: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Counter-Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

We take drinking water for granted: most of us turn on our faucets expecting pure, clean water to come pouring out. In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on challenges to delivering that clean water.

Former Ramapo Supervisor Is Sentenced

19 hours ago

The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after a jury had found him guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ballpark.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A ceremony to award economic development grants to regions of New York state Wednesday was overshadowed by developments on the federal tax overhaul plan in Washington, as the House and Senate announced agreement on a final plan to be voted on as early as next week.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the GOP tax plan, and comments that Gov. Andrew Cuomo made to a female reporter.

William Stanley Business Park
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An economic development agency in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is committing more funding to help the Berkshire Innovation Center open. 

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NFL

An NFL spokesman says Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the league. Spokesman Joe Lockhart says Goodell "has been clear that he views this as his last contract" and that it will allow him to -- quote -- "deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon." They include a labor deal and TV contracts.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

20 hours ago
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Clouds and a few snow showers giving way to increasing sunshine today.  Breezy and very cold.  highs in the lower 20s.

Clear and very cold tonight.  Lows near 10.

Sunshine followed by increasing clouds tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 20s.

Andrew Blackstein/ MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts has announced its performance lineup and art exhibitions through May. 

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