University of Vermont Medical Center
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A group of licensed nursing assistants and other employees at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington are seeking permission from the hospital to establish a union.

(Airs 12/9/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: NY’s AG calls the states’ voting laws arcane and releases a package of bills to improve it, our political observer Alan Chartock share’s his thoughts on the continuing tension between the governor and state comptroller, and a Hudson valley environmental group and organic farm sue the state public service commission over subsidies for upstate nuclear power plants.


Police in Vermont say two men suspected of taking property from a sheriff's department led authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 89 and other roads and crashed into several cruisers before being stopped by a blockade of state plow trucks.

Talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are still continuing over whether to hold a special session before the holidays. The clock is ticking.

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday. The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.

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The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail has been planned and discussed for years in Saratoga Springs. The bike and pedestrian path network has been scrutinized by committees, non-profits, city officials and every day citizens.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, December 9, 2016.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' December Music Selections

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Greg Haymes
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It's a Santa theme for Nippertown Greg Haymes this month.

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times . Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and everything tastes better fried. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant is here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some classic southern food. His new book is called: The Hattie’s Restaurant CookBook, Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes . It features more than 100 recipes from crawfish boil to Cajun coleslaw.

Rogovoy Report 12/9/16

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The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a seminal grunge-rock trio; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a rock legend singing Xmas songs; a jazz couple singing Silly Love Songs, a literary reading by four women authors; an art gallery show featuring a half-dozen women artists, and a whole lot more.

The Fight For 15 is a worldwide mobilization for a wage that meets basic needs. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the movement which has just celebrated its four-year anniversary.

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Voters in Massachusetts approved a ballot question on Election Day to legalize recreational marijuana and doctors in the state are concerned. At a recent meeting, the Massachusetts Medical Society passed resolutions on a number of issues including recreational marijuana, drug prices, aid-in dying and concussions.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 9, 2016.

This week’s news that President-elect Donald Trump would appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drew sharp condemnation from environmental organizations and political opponents.

J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting from an antiquated system of patronage. Bringing a new level of expression and color to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist. Franny Moyle studied Art History at St John's College, Cambridge. She enjoyed a career in arts programming at the BBC that culminated in her becoming the corporation's first Commissioner for Arts and Culture. She is now a freelance executive producer and writer and lives in east London. Her new book is Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner .

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about the music of Thea Musgrave.

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WOSR will be off for short period while work is done at the site.

The Hyde Collection presents the 80th anniversary of the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region . The Hyde marks this special occasion with a campus-wide exhibition juried by Michael Oatman , artist and associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Beyond work for The Hyde’s Wood Gallery, this year, Oatman and the Museum accepted proposals for interventions in Hyde House as well as sculptures on the grounds. The Mohawk Hudson Regional provides a leading benchmark for contemporary art in the Upper Hudson Valley, and artists living within a 100-mile radius of Glens Falls and the Capital Region are invited to submit works for the juror’s consideration. Founded in 1936, Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region is the oldest running regional juried show in the country. Oatman is known for his large-scale collages and installations integrating found, modified, and handmade components, including artifacts of material culture, painting, drawing, and video. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. The exhibition is on view through December 31, 2016.

John Faso
John Faso

Upstate New York’s 19th House district is getting a new representative. In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican John Faso sits down with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Saxophonist Steve Wilson, Pianist Helen Sung, Bassist Ira Coleman are teaming up for a concert tonight at Massry Center at the College of St. Rose . Steve Wilson joins us.

12/9/16 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, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, and author and activist, Barbara Smith.

Inside St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa, a town formed in 1837 along the Mississippi and one of the oldest communities in the state.
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A Catholic priest in central New York has been placed on leave while the Diocese of Syracuse investigates an allegation of abuse of a minor from nearly three decades ago.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye and an editorial on Donald Trump.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Today: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers, windy with highs in the 20s to low 30s Tonight: Mostly cloudy & cold with lows in the teens Saturday: Partly sunny & cold with highs in the 20s.

NFL: On Thursday Night Football, Kansas City beat Oakland 21-13. On Sunday at 1 p.m., Pittsburgh is in Buffalo to take on the Bills, the Jets meet up with the 49ers in San Francisco at 4:05 p.m., the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys head to the Meadowlands take on the Giants in the night game at 8:30 p.m. On Monday, Baltimore heads to Foxborough to face New England.

St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes watershed map
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The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

A Democratic New York congressman is criticizing proposed funding to cover presidential security at Trump Tower.

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The teachers' union affiliate in Rutland, Vermont, has filed a complaint with the state labor board, saying school administrators are ignoring concerns about student-on-staff violence. But the superintendent of schools is disputing the teachers' union complaint.